Canucks place Prust on waivers

02/02 1:18pm EST by THB Staff
Vancouver Canucks, Blog, Brandon Prust

The Brandon Prust story reads very similar to that of Chris Higgins: veteran forward injured early on, struggles to find his game and winds up on waivers. The only question remaining is if he’ll join Higgins in Uitca or be picked up by one of the other 29 clubs.

After registering one goal and six assists in 35 games with Vancouver, it appears Prust’s time with the Canucks is up. Vancouver placed the 31-year-old on waivers Tuesday morning.

Acquired by the Canucks for Zack Kassian in the offseason, Prust struggled with ankle issues during training camp and into the preseason. He suffered another ankle injury in October, which caused him to miss 11 games.

“It’s a little bit more that we’re trying to get younger guys in and we’re getting healthier,” said Canucks coach Willie Desjardins per The Province. “It’s a combination of things. I think he made a difference early in the year and before his ankle sprain, he was playing well. He doesn’t seem to be the same.”

Prust is in the final year of his four-year, $10 million deal and is set to become an unrestricted free agent in July.

“I’m not going to comment,” Prust told Ben Kuzma of The Province last week when asked about his playing future. “I’m not going to go there. It’s out of my control. I don’t worry about it too much. You have to keep your head up. It’s a business.”

His agent, Claude Lemiuex, told Vancouver radio station CKWX that the forward would report to the Utica Comets, if he clears waivers.