Brandon Prust (Claus Andersen/Getty Images Sport)
The 32-year-old had been practicing with the Maple Leafs for nearly two months after being released from his PTO.
Brandon Prust is headed overseas signing a contract with the Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers in Germany, according to TSN’s Darren Dreger.
Prust had been practicing with the Toronto Maple Leafs for nearly two months after being released from his professional tryout. The 32-year-old had a season to forget last year appearing in just 35 games with the Vancouver Canucks while being bothered by a left ankle injury all year.
A native of London, Ont. Prust signed a PTO with the Maple Leafs in the offseason after mutually agreeing to part ways with the Canucks last March.
The 2004 third-round pick of the Calgary Flames hoped signing close to home would have him motivated entering the 2016-17 season.
“I always watched the Leafs growing up and always dreamed of playing for the Leafs and putting on the blue and white jersey,” Prust said prior to training camp. “That’s one of the reasons I kind of chose Toronto. I knew my heart would be in it and it would definitely bring that passion out in me.”
However, the numbers were stacked against Prust to earn a contract from the Leafs. Toronto signed Matt Martin to a four-year, $10 million contract on July 1. Additionally, the Leafs have just two contracts remaining before they reach the max of 50.
In 486 career NHL games with the Flames, Rangers, Canadiens and Canucks, Prust has registered 40 goals and 115 points to go along with 1,036 penalty minutes.