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Brunner Headed To New Jersey?

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

The Devils appear to be closing in on signing unrestricted free agent forward Damien Brunner, according to a report out of Switzerland.

Nicola Berger of the Swiss newspaper Neue Luzerner Zeitung reported this morning that Brunner “appears to be headed” to the Devils and “they’re doing a lot of background work on him right now.” The 27-year-old native of Zurich Switzerland had 12 goals and 14 assists in 44 regular seaosn games for the Red Wings last season. He added five goals and four assists in 14 playoff games.

Prior to joining the Red Wings after the owners’ lockout, Brunner (5-11, 184 pounds) had 25 goals and 32 assists in 33 games for Zug in Switzerland in 2012-13.

Brunner was 2-for-7 on shootouts with two game-deciding goals in 2012-13.

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Brunner makes sense. Maybe Grabovski?

Posted by rjman48 from Royal Oak on 07/13/13 at 10:18 AM ET

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So Brunner ditches the Wings for NJ?  Unless this is a big money contract, I think Brunner needs to fire his agent.

Posted by Hootinani from the parade following Babs out of town on 07/13/13 at 10:57 AM ET

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I really hate Neil Sheehy,
and he played in Slovenija, for our club’s hated rival, and was a piece of sh..
fighting kids and,...

Posted by edillac from isolation on 07/13/13 at 11:03 AM ET

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Me, too, Edilac.  The guy really doesn’t seem to have his clients best interests at heart.

Posted by shanetx from Floydada, Texas on 07/13/13 at 11:21 AM ET

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As much as I liked Brunner and hoped he crack it with the wings, we don’t really need him.  Nyquist, Tatar and our prospects like Jurco, Jankrock (sp?) Pulkiennen and Frk are guys in the similar mold and made him expendable, especially when (if true) he’s asking for over 3 million a season.  There is no room for another dangler, we need some grit, and (with the exception of the Isles writer) Brunner doesn’t really bring any grit to the table.  Hope he signs with the devils, he’ll get tons of playing time in their top 6 now.

Posted by squirrely from Dirty Jersey on 07/13/13 at 12:44 PM ET

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I think there is always room for talent that’s willing to work and develop and I think Brunner was both of those.  You can’t always easily coach a player to go to the hard spots and play grittier and whatnot, but you can’t ever coach a player to have that kind of shot and a goal scorer’s instincts.  I’ll miss Brunner and the sense of joy he seemed to play with.  I very much enjoyed watching him play hockey.  But, no, he’s certainly not irreplaceable.

Posted by shanetx from Floydada, Texas on 07/13/13 at 12:58 PM ET

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I do not want more Kovalchuk talk, so I in fact will not be continuing on. Thank you.

Posted by scotts0 from New York on 07/13/13 at 01:54 PM ET

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He won’t make Devils fan forget Kovy but he’ll probably remind them of him when he bolts for the Swiss mountains in a few years to churn butter and herd sheep.

Maybe Lou should focus on North Americans like Stevens and Niedermayer type names. They’ll at least stick around.


Posted by Slumpy from Under My Wheels on 07/13/13 at 03:29 PM ET


Slumpy, are you secretly Don Cherry?

Posted by updem on 07/13/13 at 04:24 PM ET


Niedermayer didn’t exactly stick around for them either. ...But, still, true that Lou seems to have gone away from his younger style of mostly sticking to north american players.

Posted by JP on 07/13/13 at 04:34 PM ET


Sheehy is a POS.  Enjoy Devils fans.

Posted by zombietroy on 07/13/13 at 05:42 PM ET

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