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In Topic: Vaya con dios Damien Brunner

12 December 2014 - 09:58 PM

I tried to collect some perspective from Devils fans and words like "floater", "lazy" and "bad penalties" came up frequently.

What I find ironic is that the Devis kept Tootoo over Brunner. Can you imagine what people would be saying on here if Holland did that?

In Topic: Vaya con dios Damien Brunner

12 December 2014 - 08:58 PM

I can't speak for how he acted in NJ. Degraa suggested the Wings passed on him over his terrible attitude, and I don't see that being the case at all. He wanted a payday and the Wings (along with a lot of other teams) said no. That's just business.

I read some articles on NJ.com (the Devils Mlive.com) about the subject that had some interviews about the topic.

I agree on his departure from Detroit though. Holland didn't want to overpay for a player that was still rather unknown. I don't blame him, and I don't blame Brunner for trying to cash in. I'm just happy now that his departure opened a spot for a whole bunch of young forwards who are clearly more useful players.

In Topic: Vaya con dios Damien Brunner

12 December 2014 - 08:43 PM

I didn't notice or hear anything to suggest he had a terrible attitude. To me it looked like he really enjoyed being a Red Wing, and I was happy to have him while he was here. Pretty sure he just thought he was worth more than he actually was.

I don't think it really came up until he was in New Jersey. PDB obviously thought Damiens game needed some polish. Instead Brunner would keep playing the same game, get benched/demoted/scratched, then whine to the media about how he felt he needed 18+ minutes a game to "get comfortable". Clearly his attitude isn't great. He's pretty much scrapped any chance at an NHL career, because he didn't want to go the AHL. Had he reported, he might have finally learned how to play hockey in North America. If so, then a team might have eventually had an opening and might've take him off Lou's hands.

In Topic: Myers close to become a wing?

12 December 2014 - 08:11 PM

The only way I'm sending that kings ransom to Buffalo for a RH Dman, is if it's part of a three way deal sending Shea Weber to Detroit.... and they're retaining half his salary.

It would be one thing if Myers had a consistent and healthy history on his NHL resume. However, his full potential is still a huge question mark. Plus, if he doesn't become atleast a #1-3 Dman, he'll have an Albatross of Andrew McDonald proportions for a contract.

Speaking of Andy McDonald, I'll bet Tim Murray's asking price to Holland is so high because Philly already has their first rounder, Matt Read AND Sean Couturier on the table waiting for the green light....

In Topic: Vaya con dios Damien Brunner

12 December 2014 - 05:58 PM

Man, Sheehy really screwed Brunner over in all of this.
You know what, I really hate that p.o.s. as an agent. He's the same asshat that guided Suter through his "Imma going to Minnesota" phase.
He clearly doens't like dealing with Holland becasue Kenny won't (typically) overpay.
So now he's got one less client because Brunner's going back to Switzerland.

Oh boy.

Just when I thought the Suter crap was put to bed... There was also that whole factor where Suter was dead set on going to the same team as another expensive UFA that summer. A player the Wings had no room or cap space for...

As for Brunner, he should be patting Sheehy on the back! His agent helps him secure a multi year, multi million dollar contract when he had a whopping 55 up and down games on his NHL resume. Instead of playing up to the contract, Brunner plays half assed in his own zone and without the puck, then whines about how he feels entitled to top six minutes.

In my opinion, Ken Holland gets a gold star for NOT giving Brunner/Sheehy what they wanted. Holland/Babcock probably already knew that what has now transpired in NJ was a possibility had Brunner gotten a multi year deal here. Looks like they were right. Brunner pretty much followed Fabian Brunnstroms foot prints back to Europe.

Lastly, this notion that Brunner would've been better had he stayed in Detroit is garbage. Anyone remember Ville Leino's first (and last) full season with the Wings?