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