While top-end forwards like Sidney Crosby and Jaromir Jagr continue to grind away at offensive milestones, Brandon Prust keeps doing what he’s been doing since he was a teenager. He continues to toss the mitts against anyone that is looking for a dance partner, and he’s closing in on a plateau achievement of his own.
In a day and age where the act of fighting in hockey is as polarizing as your average South Park episode, it’s hard to ignore the fact that the next time Prust fights, it’ll be his 100th scrap in the NHL.
Is it the most glorious landmark? No, but that’s not why the Montreal Canadiens handed the 29-year-old a four-year, $10 million contract in the first place. This is why the Habs shelled out that kind of cash.
Dave Stubbs of The Montreal Gazette compiled Prust’s fight totals, and it turns out that his next bout will be his 260th since he played for the London Knights in 2002. The feisty forward spoke to Stubbs about his philosophy on fighting:
I’ll engage anybody if I feel our team needs a spark or that (an opponent) is running around. I’ve fought some big boys and I’ll never back down. … If there’s a need to, I’m going to do it.
Then it’s only a matter of time before Prust gets his 100th.