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Brunner A Bright Spot For The Devils

from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,

...as the Devils struggle through a difficult road trip in western Canada, Brunner has been one of the bright spots. Entering tonight’s meeting with the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome, Brunner leads the Devils with three goals and is tied with Marek Zidlicky as the club’s scoring leader.

So why did the Detroit Red Wings not re-sign him and why did Brunner go all summer without a contract before the Devils invited him to training camp on a tryout?

“I have no idea. We’ve really added scoring to our team,” general manager Lou Lamoriello said with a look of satisfaction.

“We liked him in Detroit. We talked to him right at free agency. When he didn’t sign, we asked him to come to camp. We told him if he came to camp and made the team we would treat him the right way. He came and earned everything.”

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Chris from NOHS's avatar

The Wings offered him the exact same contract that he signed.

Posted by Chris from NOHS from Columbus, OH/Grand Rapids, MI on 10/11/13 at 12:55 PM ET

Primis's avatar

Yup.

The contract that wasn’t good enough when the Wings offered it suddenly became good enough when the realization hit that no better offers were coming.

And Brunner’s spot was basically lost when the Wings signed Alfredsson.  Otherwise he might have come back.

I don’t hate Brunner for it, but he’s never going to win anything in NJ and I suppose that’s punishment enough for overvaluing himself.  NJ is also going to see a Brunner that has a lot more trouble as the season goes on and the checking gets tighter.

Posted by Primis on 10/11/13 at 01:15 PM ET

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I don’t hate Brunner for it, but he’s never going to win anything in NJ and I suppose that’s punishment enough for overvaluing himself.

He doesn’t have to win anything in NJ.  He’ll be there for two years then get a payday he deserves from someone else.

And let’s be honest, how many Cups are the Wings likely to win during the two years he’s in Jersey?  Probably exactly the same number as Jersey will win.

Posted by Garth on 10/11/13 at 01:31 PM ET

TheFreak's avatar

3 former Wings in top 30 scoring right now. Hudler, Filpula and Brunner.

Posted by TheFreak on 10/11/13 at 01:50 PM ET

Primis's avatar

And let’s be honest, how many Cups are the Wings likely to win during the two years he’s in Jersey?  Probably exactly the same number as Jersey will win.

Posted by Garth on 10/11/13 at 01:31 PM ET

I wasn’t referring to Cups.  I was referring to just even games.  If not for the Loser Point, the Devils would be sporting 0 points on the season, and I don’t think that’s an aberration—I think they’re going to be pretty bad for the next two or three seasons.

Posted by Primis on 10/11/13 at 02:00 PM ET

moocat's avatar

Hudler (4g & 2a) is the only former Wing in the top 30. Flip and Brunner are 36 and 38 respectively with 4 points (3g & 1a each) and are currently above Kane, Crosby and Tavares.

Let’s be real, it’s 4 games in. I highly doubt that they will hold those positions.

Posted by moocat on 10/11/13 at 02:44 PM ET

TheFreak's avatar

Yesterday, the 3 former Wings were in top 30. I should have checked again today.

Yes it’s only 4 games…

Posted by TheFreak on 10/11/13 at 02:52 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

I’m getting tired of this narrative. When the Wings offered Brunner that contract, Ken Holland, who is honest to a fault, stated that Brunner and his agent, Neil Sheehy, simply told the Wings that the pair would “go in another direction,” and from what we’ve been told by Holland, that was that in terms of negotiations.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 10/11/13 at 06:19 PM ET

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