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#1 Hockeytown0001

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Posted 16 September 2013 - 11:19 PM

Damien Brunner is headed to New Jersey but the former Detroit Red Wings' forward is still in search of an NHL contract.

 

After turning down contract offers of two and three years from the Red Wings during the summer, Brunner came up empty-handed in talks with other NHL clubs so he's going to New Jersey on a pro tryout with the Devils, according to a story by NJ.com.

 

Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello told NJ.com's Rich Chere that the 27-year-old Brunner would be in New Jersey's camp by Tuesday.

Last season, his first in the NHL following five years with EV Zug of the Swiss Elite League, Brunner had 12 goals and 14 assists in 44 games for the Red Wings. But his production fell off after the first 19 games, when he scored 10 goals.

"He's a natural scorer. He's scored throughout his whole career. He's a very skillful player. We'll have time over the next week and a half to see where everything is at. We'll certainly get him into exhibition games and we'll proceed after that. There are no promises, no guarantees. It's a very up-front situation."

 

"We had inquired about him early in the year," Lamoriello told Chere. "We certainly have seen him in Detroit. We know a little bit about him from the Swiss League. We thought through the summer he would be signing. We said if it did not work out we'd be very interested in taking him to camp. When it looked like he hadn't gotten a contract we communicated, kept our word and he's here.

 

In the playoffs, he led the Red Wings with five goals in 14 games while finishing tied for third with nine points.

 

The Devils have almost $4 million available under the salary cap after forward Ilya Kovalchuk's sudden retirement, which started the speculation that Brunner would end up in New Jersey.

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Edited by Hockeytown0001, 16 September 2013 - 11:19 PM.

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Posted 16 September 2013 - 11:26 PM

Good luck in NJ, "Schnoz"!



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Posted 17 September 2013 - 12:21 AM

I think this is actually a really good fit for both parties.  NJ needs scoring and because they're already full of solid, two way players, Brunner's defensive lapses won't be the end of the world (while he continues to learn).


GMRwings:  "Well, in other civilized countries, 16 years old isn't considered underage.  For instance, I believe the age of consent is 16 in Canada.  There's some US states where it's 16 as well.  

 

Get off the high horse.  Not like she was 10."

 

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Posted 17 September 2013 - 12:44 AM

From a guaranteed spot with a successful organization to a pro tryout with a non-contender. Sucks for you, Brunner.


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Posted 17 September 2013 - 01:37 AM

If he didn't like playing defense, NJ is the last team he should have gone to. 


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Posted 17 September 2013 - 03:29 AM

Tatar = Brunner minus the sissy.

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Posted 17 September 2013 - 06:08 AM

I would much rather have Nyquist Tatar and Brunner then cleary Alfie and Sammy...

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Posted 17 September 2013 - 06:16 AM

Tatar = Brunner minus the sissy.


This. & with more potential imo. I like Brunner and all but I'd rather have Tatar in the lineup.

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Posted 17 September 2013 - 06:34 AM

I guess it was meant to be. 

 

It will suck to sort of have to root for the Devils now.  Even Kovy couldn't make me do that.



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Posted 17 September 2013 - 07:35 AM

I feel bad for Brunner.  I think he is a talented player, but his agent thinks his client is worth the world and now he's staying in the NHL by playing on a tryout contract.  I really hope he returns to Detroit, I think he could have really worked out well in the long run for us and would have fit in nicely with all of the other young guns we have coming up through the system.



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Posted 17 September 2013 - 08:15 AM

I would much rather have Nyquist Tatar and Brunner then cleary Alfie and Sammy...


Woah woah woah. Leave alfie out of this, I'd take alfie over Bert, eaves, emmerton, and others right now for sure

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Posted 17 September 2013 - 09:00 AM

I would much rather have Nyquist Tatar and Brunner then cleary Alfie and Sammy...

I'd take alfie over all of those players every day of the week.

 

I am huge Nyquist and tatar fan but saying you would take three unproven players over a bubble hall of famer? Your hockey team would be in dire straights. 

 

 

I'll give you the sammy jab, but devaluing Alfie is absurd.



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Posted 17 September 2013 - 10:15 AM

He will easily improve their atrocious offense, Brunner doesn't need to be a good two way player if he can score goals - which he obviously can - this will be a great signing for the NewJerseyDevils. I'd much rather have Brunner back who could be long term solution instead of 1 year from Alfredsson

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Posted 17 September 2013 - 01:58 PM

Huge mistake not resigning him. He is a legitimate top 6 forward, and as I've said multiple times.

 

I will bet ANYONE $10 he scores 30+ goals this year. No question. The Wings screwed up big time.



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Posted 17 September 2013 - 02:12 PM

Here's a video Malik tweeted of Brunner talking with the media after his first practice.  It makes me really sad to watch.  I don't like seeing him in another teams colors...  He does not seem as giddy and lively as he was last year, either...

 




 
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Posted 17 September 2013 - 02:17 PM

Here's a video Malik tweeted of Brunner talking with the media after his first practice.  It makes me really sad to watch.  I don't like seeing him in another teams colors...  He does not seem as giddy and lively as he was last year, either...

 

 

Can someone add Cinderella's "Don't Know What You Got Till It's Gone" as a soundtrack to this video?


He made a Huge mistake by not resigning him. He is a legitimate top 6 forward, and as I've said multiple times.

 

I will bet ANYONE $10 he scores 30+ goals this year. No question. The Wings screwed up big time.

 

 Fixed that first part for you.  He turned down at least 2 offers from the Wings, from what I've seen, thinking he was going to get big money/ice time somewhere else.  Not like Kenny could force him to stay here right?



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Posted 17 September 2013 - 02:31 PM

Tatar > Brunner.  Weiss > Filppula.  Cleary = Cleary.  Alfie is icing on the cake. 

 

Not really sure how we're worse off for this?  Brunner is a good player, but I think we'll be just fine without spending big money for him.


I am curious to see whether NJ will use him on the PP point, or put him on the side boards like he should have been in Detroit.  Utilized correctly I think he'll be MUCH more effective on the PP this season.


GMRwings:  "Well, in other civilized countries, 16 years old isn't considered underage.  For instance, I believe the age of consent is 16 in Canada.  There's some US states where it's 16 as well.  

 

Get off the high horse.  Not like she was 10."

 

"Some girls are 17 even though they look 25."

 

 


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Posted 17 September 2013 - 02:31 PM

I unfollowed him on twitter. I only follow Wings players.

And because I'm a *****.

You don't want to play for the best team in the history of the whole world (this is a proven fact, not opinion)? Fine. Enjoy your top 6 spot on a bottom feeder!

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Posted 17 September 2013 - 02:37 PM

I unfollowed him on twitter. I only follow Wings players.

And because I'm a *****.

You don't want to play for the best team in the history of the whole world (this is a proven fact, not opinion)? Fine. Enjoy your top 6 spot on a bottom feeder!

 


GMRwings:  "Well, in other civilized countries, 16 years old isn't considered underage.  For instance, I believe the age of consent is 16 in Canada.  There's some US states where it's 16 as well.  

 

Get off the high horse.  Not like she was 10."

 

"Some girls are 17 even though they look 25."

 

 


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Posted 17 September 2013 - 03:13 PM

Here's a video Malik tweeted of Brunner talking with the media after his first practice.  It makes me really sad to watch.  I don't like seeing him in another teams colors...  He does not seem as giddy and lively as he was last year, either...

 

 

 

 

That's what i was thinking too. He was pretty pumped last year when he landed in Detroit. This year he seems kinda mehh.. We'll see.

 

It only took him one practice to realize what he's missing.


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