We’re going to miss you Prusty! (Photo: Bridget Samuels/flickr)
They don’t call July 1st Christmas Day in the NHL for nothing. Moves were made fast and furious and continue to be done as the day goes on. As mentioned earlier, the Rangers re-signed Stu Bickel but lost John Mitchell to the Avalanche. Other moves made that affected the team:
* Rangers signed forwards Arron Asham and Michael Haley to two year contracts. Asham’s deal is for $1 million per year and completes his tour of the Atlantic Division. No terms yet for Haley but assumed to be a two-way contract. I have nothing to add to this right now so draw your own conclusions.
* Brandon Prust signed a four year, $10 million deal with the Montreal Canadiens. If you’ve been reading my posts since the end of the season, you would know I really wanted Prust back (guess my jinx yesterday didn’t work) but in the end it came down to the money and Sather wasn’t offering that. He better not think of fighting anyone on our team or scoring a short-handed goal against Henrik. Otherwise I wish him luck, not only in his career but in living up to that contract. He’s a good player but that sounds like one of those deals a team regrets really quickly. (Just my opinion, hopefully for his sake I’m wrong.)
* Rangers re-signed forward Kris Newbury, who spent most of the time since he joined the Rangers with the Connecticut Whale. His deal is two years, two way.
* CT goalie Chad Johnson signed a one year, two way contract with the Phoenix Coyotes. Unfortunately nowhere for him to go in Rangers organization so good to see he ended up with our “sister” team Good luck Dos Nueve!
Pretty sure all of these moves won’t hit me till the season starts. Either way, there is definitely more to come. We’ll keep you posted.