Brandon Prust clears waivers, will report to Utica Comets

Dec 19 2017, 7:58 pm

Brandon Prust will join the Utica Comets, the Vancouver Canucks AHL affiliate in upstate New York, after he went unclaimed on the waiver wire.

Prust hasn’t played a game in the AHL since the 2007-08 season when he played for Quad City when he was in the Flames’ organization.

The Canucks were unable to trade Prust, given his poor play and $2.5 million cap hit.

GM Jim Benning explained the decision to put Prust on waivers yesterday, saying the team wanted to get “younger and faster.”

Younger and faster, that’s music to my ears, but easy to say with an underperforming fourth liner like Prust. Will the same philosophy hold true with Radim Vrbata and Dan Hamhuis? The NHL trade deadline is 26 days away.