Let’s take a much-needed break from the drudgery of collective bargaining talk and the possibility of a lockout. Let’s learn a bit more about one of the newest Canadiens, Brandon Prust.
A valuable, aggressive winger for the Rangers team that made a deep playoff run last season, Prust’s departure from New York was bemoaned by a number of Rangers fans. He was also considered a very good teammate and his signing a free agent contract with the Habs in July has at least one of his former Broadway Blueshirt teammates a bit dismayed.
That would be defenseman Michael Del Zotto.
The pair were good buddies in the Big Apple, and — like Carey Price and P.K. Subban — had a little handshake ritual at the end of games (done here with Dan Boyle).
and their ritual had some friendly variations:
And the two also hung out off the ice in the Big Apple. here with Steve Eminger…
…and here with Eminger and Marc Staal hard at work.
“He is a great player,” Del Zotto said recently on the interview with the Score, “but we became such close friends off the ice, and having a guy that you spend time with every day and having him go is tough.”
How close? Close enough for Del Zotto to admit to the Score he’s got a bromance going with Prust.
Check it out:
…and the Canadiens will now be the beneficiaries of that.