Canucks shut down Prust for remainder of season

Willie Desjardins spoke to the media about the Canucks adding Nikita Tryamkin to the lineup, and why he’s excited for what the Russian can bring to the club.

The Vancouver Canucks mutually agreed with forward Brandon Prust to shut him down for the rest of the season on Thursday to help recover from an ankle injury.

Prust, 31, was placed on waivers by the Canucks on Feb. 2. The pending unrestricted free agent had one goal and six assists in 35 games this season for Vancouver.

The six-foot, 195-pound left winger scored once and added six assists in nine games with the Canucks’ AHL affiliate, the Utica Comets, after not being claimed on waivers.

Vancouver acquired Prust and a fifth-round pick in this year’s NHL draft from the Montreal Canadiens on July 1, 2015 for forward Zack Kassian.