How exactly do these "tryout contracts" work? I don't recall many of these in past years, at least not for reputable veterans like Tim Thomas and Dan Cleary. In Cleary's case, didn't they already have the terms (something like 3 yrs/$8.25 mil) worked out, and then he walked from it?
Funny that we all assumed months ago he be on the Devils as soon as the Kovalchuk thing happened, but it didn't happen for whatever reason then.
One thing you could say about Brunner is that you'd assume he'd have a better chance of being a Top 6 winger there than here. But if you actually look at their roster, that isn't necessarily the case. Elias, Clowe, Ryder, Jagr, and Zubrus - there's 5 wingers that are all making $3 million+ this year. But then again, we all know that he didn't end up there because it was the "ideal situation" for him.