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#61 GMRwings1983

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Posted 22 June 2012 - 07:46 PM

Is Stacy Roest still playing in the Swiss League?
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Posted 22 June 2012 - 08:17 PM

Is Stacy Roest still playing in the Swiss League?


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Posted 22 June 2012 - 08:38 PM

Good signing! Especially since we didn't have to give up a lot of assets plus it is at a reasonable cost monetary wise.

Is Stacy Roest still playing in the Swiss League?

Didn't Huet (Chicago Goaltender) was also deported to the Swiss League after the horrible contract Chicago gave him?

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Posted 22 June 2012 - 08:46 PM

He's a righty. Shoots first. Is amazingly fast. Zero risk, massively high reward. Anyone who doesn't like this move is bat crap crazy.
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Posted 22 June 2012 - 09:12 PM

I'm completely okay with this possible signing.
Here's a vid of Brunner pulling off The Datsyuk :tounge:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Vya0-z7FXw

Some more highlights:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdaOemuCXp8

Edited by Namingway, 22 June 2012 - 09:29 PM.


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Posted 22 June 2012 - 09:49 PM

Good signing! Especially since we didn't have to give up a lot of assets plus it is at a reasonable cost monetary wise.


Didn't Huet (Chicago Goaltender) was also deported to the Swiss League after the horrible contract Chicago gave him?


I think Owen Nolan also played there for a while.
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Posted 22 June 2012 - 09:49 PM

I guess it's official that Holmstrom is retiring then, we can't have 2 #96's on the same team....
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Posted 22 June 2012 - 10:05 PM

I'm completely okay with this possible signing.
Here's a vid of Brunner pulling off The Datsyuk :tounge:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Vya0-z7FXw

Some more highlights:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdaOemuCXp8

it's official, after watching those videos, i have a huge man crush.

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Posted 22 June 2012 - 11:47 PM

We will see how he turns out, but after Grigorenko, Leino, Brunnstrum, etc I will hold off on the excitement and hope until A. He earns a roster spot and B. he establishes an effective role for himself.
It's one thing to tear it up overseas, but it's something else altogether to translate success over in North America, whether as a top line player or a bottom 12 grinder. I would certainly love if he can play even up to Hudler's level, but I won't hold my breath.

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Posted 22 June 2012 - 11:55 PM

Why hasn't this been officially announced?

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Posted 23 June 2012 - 12:22 AM

Why hasn't this been officially announced?

Because while he can negotiate with teams right now, he can't officially sign until July 1st.

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Posted 23 June 2012 - 01:42 AM

We will see how he turns out, but after Grigorenko, Leino, Brunnstrum, etc I will hold off on the excitement and hope until A. He earns a roster spot and B. he establishes an effective role for himself.
It's one thing to tear it up overseas, but it's something else altogether to translate success over in North America, whether as a top line player or a bottom 12 grinder. I would certainly love if he can play even up to Hudler's level, but I won't hold my breath.


I agree. It seems that all of these "All Stars" coming across the pond are not up on par to the NHL level and need at the least, a year down in the AHL. It's probably more of a "diamond in the ruff" mentality. Looking forward to how he does in camp if he signs though.

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Posted 23 June 2012 - 10:39 AM

Sounds like he has a good head on his shoulders, though, which sets him a bar above Grigs, Brunnstrom (when he first arrived in the NHL), Leino, etc.

Grigs was arrogant and entitled, as was Brunnstrom. Leino was obsessed with finding a girlfriend and having fun. But from what I've heard Brunner is a no-nonsense kind of guy and that could help him over here. Although credit where credit is due, Brunnstrom has evolved and now has a much better attitude and work ethic.
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Posted 23 June 2012 - 10:39 AM

I'm a swiss hockey enthusiast and a big red wings fan, so I can say, that today is a great day for me. One of my compatriots is signing to Detroit!

All I can say is that Brunner was last year's MVP in a league where former NHL players also played. Ok, he's not big and strong, but he has a speed, skill and a hell of a wrist shot!

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Posted 23 June 2012 - 11:26 AM

I love this move but I just really hope that Kenny is not ready to stand pat now. Please Kenny, Please get aggressive.

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Posted 23 June 2012 - 12:41 PM

We will see how he turns out, but after Grigorenko, Leino, Brunnstrum, etc I will hold off on the excitement and hope until A. He earns a roster spot and B. he establishes an effective role for himself.
It's one thing to tear it up overseas, but it's something else altogether to translate success over in North America, whether as a top line player or a bottom 12 grinder. I would certainly love if he can play even up to Hudler's level, but I won't hold my breath.

Grigs was on the fast track to being an NHL allstar and nearly died and was never suppose to walk let alone play hockey. If you're shocked that he wasn't as good as everyone pre crash made him out to be then you need to re-evaluate things.

Leino was one of the main cogs that nearly landed Philly a cup. He's done alright. Brunnstrom's a flop, so I'll give you that.
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Posted 23 June 2012 - 03:05 PM

http://www.mlive.com..._medium=twitter

Babcock sees him as a top 6 forward starting out, wow!
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Posted 23 June 2012 - 03:24 PM

http://www.mlive.com..._medium=twitter

Babcock sees him as a top 6 forward starting out, wow!

Wonder if that means Nyquist would end up in GR again given he isn't out of options yet & doesn't have to go through waivers.

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Posted 23 June 2012 - 03:28 PM

Wonder if that means Nyquist would end up in GR again given he isn't out of options yet & doesn't have to go through waivers.


My guess is that Goose and Brunner will get a lot of playing time as Huds is on his way out and there is still a big question mark if Eaves can even play....


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Posted 23 June 2012 - 03:37 PM

Great job on our scouting team to unearth skill and talent from other sources. Everyone knows that we were known for finding talent in Sweden by having a designated scout there. Now that Russia and Sweden have been tapped, let's find all the gems in Switzerland, Belarus, Africa, China, Australia, India ...





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