Canucks trade Zack Kassian to Montreal Canadiens for Brandon Prust

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The Vancouver Canucks have traded Zack Kassian and a 5th round draft pick to the Montreal Canadiens for Brandon Prust.

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Kassian has been one of Vancouver’s most controversial players ever since he was acquired for Cody Hodgson at the 2012 trade deadline. Inconsistency has haunted the 24-year-old Kassian, who has all of the tools to be a 20-goal power forward. Kassian had 10 goals and 16 points in 42 games with the Canucks last season.

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Brandon Prust is a 31-year-old fourth line winger who can play a regular shift. Prust had 4 goals and 18 points, as well as 134 penalty minutes for the Habs last season. His best season offensively came when he was with the New York Rangers in 2010-11, when he had 29 points.

Kassian trade rumours were the norm last season, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that he was dealt today. What is surprising is the age of the player they received in return.

Prust will be a fan favourite in Vancouver. He is a physical player who will deliver big bodychecks and defend his teammates. Prust has one year left on his contract that carries a $2.5 million cap hit.

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