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from Tom Gulitti of The Record,
"I haven't scored in 10 games, so it's maybe not that surprising," Brunner said. "I think I've just got to work harder. That's just a standard quote, but I have to start moving better, support the puck better, maybe make some plays. But I think the main part is to stay positive here."
Mattias Tedenby, who had been a healthy scratch the three previous games, took Brunner's spot in the lineup. Brunner has seen his ice time slip as he's struggled to produce.
He played only 12:48 in the Devils' 4-3 overtime victory in Anaheim on Wednesday night, in which they rallied from a 3-2 deficit with Jaromir Jagr's tying goal with 1:01 left in regulation and Travis Zajac's winner 1:58 into overtime.
Brunner did not get on the ice in overtime and played just 3:34 in the third period.
"Some guys have to get on the board offensively because the other parts of their game aren't as strong," Devils coach Pete DeBoer said. "He's an offensive player. He has to be producing offense."
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.”
added 2:34pm, Brunner talks to the media after signing his contract with the Devils, watch below...
via Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
Less than a week into training camp, the Devils have decided to bring in speedy center Damien Brunner as an unsigned tryout, a source has confirmed.
The Swiss-born Brunner, 27, had 12 goals and 14 assists in 44 games last season with the Detroit Red Wings and added five goals and four assists in 14 playoff contests, but was unable to find a team to sign him as an unrestricted free agent this summer.
Brunner was linked to the Devils by reports out of Switzerland in July, but a contract never materialized. Neither Devils GM Lou Lamoriello nor Brunner’s agent, Neil Sheehy could be reached for comment.