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Aftonbladet: Red Wings sign Fabian Brunnstrom to try-out

Updated 3x at 2:33 PM, and MLive is confirming the Brunnstrom signing: Via Paul and Yahoo Sports’ Sean Leahy, Aftonbladet’s Tomas Ros reports that the Red Wings have signed Fabian Brunnstrom to a try-out, with Brunnstrom having turned down a contract offer from HV71 Jonkoping (and Farjestads BK) in the process.

Brunnstrom’s been asked whether he’d return to the Eliteserien all summer long, but the former Dallas Star and Toronto Maple Leaf’s stated repeatedly that he wants to try to find an NHL job.

Here’s a rough translation of Ros’s article:

Says no to HV71—wants a chance at the NHL

Fabian Brunnstrom signed a try-out contract with the Detroit Red Wings.

Regrettable for HV71.

Fabian Brunnstrom, 27, has chosen to sign a try-out contract with an NHL team, according to our information, with the Detroit Red Wings

Fabian Brunnstrom has been one of the hottest Swedes on the transfer market.

Now we can remove his name from that of unemployed hockey players.

Brunnstrom has agreed upon a try-out contract with the top team the Detroit Red Wings, and could be seen as a replacement for, among others, iconic forward Kris Draper.

There were several Swedish teams that wanted to sign Brunnstrom, including HV71 and Farjestad.

“That’s correct

When Brunnstrom left Farjestads three years ago, he chose between Detroit, Montreal, and Dallas as the team he finally chose to play for.

Detroit’s been interested in him from that day, and it’s official that Brunnstrom will start the season with the Swedish team in the northern U.S.

“He’s signed a try-out contract with an NHL team, that’s correct. I can’t say which team it is,” says the player’s agent, CAA’s Peter Werner.

Red, blue and yellow

With the addition of Brunnstrom, the Detroit Red Wings are even more blue and yellow.

With Nicklas Lidstrom, Niklas Kronwall, Jonathan Ericsson, Henrik Zetterberg, Tomas Holmstrom and AHL players Gustav Nyquist and Joakim Andersson, the Wings have eight Swedes on the team.

The Wings have definitely been interested in signing Brunnstrom from the get-go, but he’s essentially bombed out as a member of the Dallas Stars (who promised him a spot amongst their top six forwards) and split the past season between the AHL’s Texas Stars and Toronto Marlies, registering 35 points in 72 AHL games.

At this point, Brunnstrom’s stock has fallen tremendously despite registering 40 points over the course of 90 NHL games, and the Sports Forecaster’s biography of the 6’2,” 212-pound forward is very accurate:

Assets: Has good NHL size and blazing speed. Can put a lot of pressure on opposing defenses with his skill and can also score highlight-reel goals.

Flaws: Lacks consistency, especially in terms of his commitment to playing defense. Needs to shoot the puck more and keep his game simple.

Career potential: Inconsistent scoring winger.

Now he’s going to try to steal an NHL job from Cory Emmerton, and he’s highly likely to spend some time with the Grand Rapids Griffins as he attempts to reestablish himself as a scorer.

Update: Also of Red Wings-related note this morning: Via RedWingsFeed, and as the Production Line’s Michael Petrella notes, today the Wings’ rights to Bryan Rufenach and Nick Oslund, who will both participate in the prospect tournament as try-outs, have expired;

• RedWingsCentral’s Sarah Lindenau also explains why Brent Raedeke’s not taking part in the prospect tournament on her Left Wing Lock blog:

When the Red Wings announced their preliminary 2011 NHL prospects tournament roster, Brent Raedeke was no where to be found. The 20 year-old forward is eligible for the tournament having played in only one professional season last year with the Grand Rapids of the AHL. The tournament roster rules restrict participating teams to just four players with a maximum of one year of professional hockey. Detroit has five players who fit into this category – Raedeke, Brendan Smith, Willie Coetzee, Brian Lashoff, and Joakim Andersson.

With five centers already on the roster (Andersson, Louis-Marc Aubry, Landon Ferraro, Brooks Macek, and Alan Quine), Detroit opted to carry eight defensemen for the tournament and leave Raedeke off. The Wings management still like the 6-foot, 197 pound speedster but likely have a good understanding of his skillset. Additionally Detroit brass likely wants to get a longer look at Andersson (possible call-up), Coetzee (chance to nail down full time Griffins roster spot), Smith (possible call-up), and Lashoff (coming off injury and outside chance at NHL call-up). Expect the Regina, Saskatchewan native to be a late addition if there is an injury or if the Red Wings opt to sit Smith.

• And according to the Red Wings’ Twitter account, several Wings and Wings alums are attending the Ilitch Charities golf classic at the Oakland Hills country club, including Jakub Kindl, Kirk Maltby, Darren McCarty, Drew Miller and Justin Abdelkader.

Update #2: Pro Hockey Talk’s Joe Yerdon weighs in on the Brunnstrom try-out;

• And, via the Wings, here’s Drew Miller and Justin Abdelkader speaking to Jake Duhaime at the Ilitch Charities golf classic:

Update #3: Here are some photos from Duhaime as well...

And this is…different…from RIA Novosti and the Russian Hockey Federation (in their English, not mine):

Sergei Fedorov is the Ambassador of Olympics-2014

3-times World Champion, 3-times Stanley Cup winner Sergey Fedorov has become another Ambassador of Winter Olympic Games-2014 in Sochi. The member of Organizing Committee “Sochi-2014” Igor Stolyarov has passed the diploma of the Ambassador of the Games to Fedorov.

“Previously many athletes have already become the Ambassadors – hockey player Alexander Ovechkin, figure skaters Oxana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin, bobsleighing athlete Alexander Zubkov and others. Sergey is the symbol of not only skills of the athlete spelled with the capital letter, but of the Olympic values as well. It’s very important that now he works and his North-American experience will help him in his status of the Ambassador. It’s great honor for me to admit him to the Ambassadors of the Games,”- Stolyarov said.

Also: Here’s what MLive’s Ansar Khan has to say about Brunnstrom:

The Detroit Red Wings have signed forward Fabian Brunnstrom to a pro tryout contract, according to the Swedish paper Aftonbladet.

The Red Wings were among several clubs that pursued the much-hyped, late-blooming, undrafted Swedish forward in 2008. Detroit was one of three clubs he met with in 2008, but he opted to sign with the Dallas Stars.

Brunnstrom, 26, became just the third player in NHL history to notch a hat trick in his debut (Oct. 15, 2008 vs. Nashville).  The 6-foot-1, 206-pound left wing tallied 17 goals and 12 assists, along with a minus-8 rating, in 55 games as a rookie in 2008-09. He had just two goals and nine assists in 44 games the following season, having trouble adjusting to NHL hockey.

He was traded to Toronto last season for forward Mikhail Stefanovich but never played for the Maple Leafs, appearing in 35 games for the AHL Toronto Marlies (four goals, 10 assists).

The Red Wings’ 23-man roster is set. There is no room for any additions without moving a player. So Brunnstrom (6-foot-2, 212) would have to beat out somebody in training camp or the preseason (Jiri Hudler would be the most likely candidate, but even that is unlikely to happen) to earn a contract, unless the team suffers a long-term injury before the season.

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Chris in Hockey Hell's avatar

This could be an absolute steal of a deal IF he can check his ego at the door.  Good thing is, we’ve got so many Swedes on this team and so many character guys that they should be able to whip him into shape.  Plus it never hurts to have another 6’ 2”, 200+ guy on the roster for depth.

Posted by Chris in Hockey Hell from Ann Arbor, MI but LIVING in Columbia, TN on 08/15/11 at 12:58 PM ET

Zaze's avatar

Hmmm

Posted by Zaze on 08/15/11 at 01:02 PM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

No-risk, high-reward signing.

I don’t know if he’ll have the same trouble fitting in with Detroit as he did with Dallas, but I know Detroit is better-run as an organization.

This is the guy we wanted instead of Ville Leino.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 08/15/11 at 01:04 PM ET

MOWingsfan19's avatar

No-risk, high-reward signing.
I don’t know if he’ll have the same trouble fitting in with Detroit as he did with Dallas, but I know Detroit is better-run as an organization.
This is the guy we wanted instead of Ville Leino.
Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 08/15/11 at 11:04 AM ET

Bingo.

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 08/15/11 at 01:15 PM ET

RedMenace's avatar

inb4 ZOMGNOWWECANTRADEHUDLERLOLOLOOOOOROFLPANTS

Should be interesting to see who he really ends up pushing at camp.

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 08/15/11 at 01:29 PM ET

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He’s seems like the type of player that could reach his potential being in the Red Wings organ-I-zation as opposed to some others in the league.

Posted by Lindas1st from New England on 08/15/11 at 01:47 PM ET

HockeyTownTodd's avatar

Bingo.

Posted by MOWingsfan19

Kenny is due for another successful retread. 
This just reeks of success.

Posted by HockeyTownTodd on 08/15/11 at 02:00 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

I think that he’s going to have to play in Grand Rapids for at least a couple of months to prove that he can still hack it and then be called up, as I told JJ on Twitter, but the irony of the situation is that he wouldn’t be in this position if he’d signed with Detroit.

He wouldn’t have been rushed or pushed to establish himself as a top-six forward and a scorer as soon as he came over, and would have been allowed to acclimate to the North American pace and style of game in Grand Rapids before being brought up once he was truly ready to play in the NHL.

Instead, he chased the bucks and guarantees the Stars gave him and then kinda, well, choked on the pressure.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 08/15/11 at 02:02 PM ET

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the irony of the situation is that he wouldn’t be in this position if he’d signed with Detroit.

Yeah, he’d me making $6M this year in Buffalo…

Posted by Garth on 08/15/11 at 02:06 PM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

Interesting thoughts on the waiver process.  If Brunnstrom wows people immensely, then I don’t see him going to the AHL. If he wows them kinda, then I worry about another team picking him off waivers before he can go to Grand Rapids and get used to the Wings system.

As George points out, he turned down pretty big money offers to stay in Sweden. That’s pretty indicative that he’s got the desire to work for a Stanley Cup.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 08/15/11 at 02:12 PM ET

HockeyTownTodd's avatar

He wouldn’t have been rushed or pushed to establish himself as a top-six forward and a scorer as soon as he came over, and would have been allowed to acclimate to the North American pace and style of game in Grand Rapids ......
Posted by George Malik

When he signed with Dallas, he stated that he thought he was too good to have to go thru the Red Wings seasoning process.  He wanted big time hockey RIGHT NOW.

Posted by HockeyTownTodd on 08/15/11 at 02:19 PM ET

RedMenace's avatar

When he signed with Dallas, he stated that he thought he was too good to have to go thru the Red Wings seasoning process.  He wanted big time hockey RIGHT NOW.

Posted by HockeyTownTodd on 08/15/11 at 12:19 PM ET

Ego, meet wall.

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 08/15/11 at 02:25 PM ET

SYF's avatar

When he signed with Dallas, he stated that he thought he was too good to have to go thru the Red Wings seasoning process.  He wanted big time hockey RIGHT NOW.

Posted by HockeyTownTodd on 08/15/11 at 12:19 PM ET

Wow.  Just wow.

The Wings did right the first time…even with Leino.  Check your ego at the door and earn your ice time.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 08/15/11 at 03:00 PM ET

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Mixed feelings, but considering the risk factor is so low, pretty cool.  Classic Kenny.  I just hope he doesn’t edge out another guy we’ve been developing who isn’t a complete douche.

Posted by Hippy Dave from Portland by way of Detroit on 08/15/11 at 03:30 PM ET

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I just hope he doesn’t edge out another guy we’ve been developing who isn’t a complete douche.
Posted by Hippy Dave

I keep coming back here hoping to read that Hudler has been sold to Winnipeg for a dollar.

Posted by HockeyTownTodd on 08/15/11 at 05:31 PM ET

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Wow, it’s after 4pm and nobody in the media or on the board has talked about trading Hud…

:facepalm:

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 08/15/11 at 06:12 PM ET

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Sounds like Fabio has had a bit of a humbling experience. His signing with the Wings on a tryout contract shows me that he still believes he can play at the NHL level and that he is confident that he can prove it. If he wanted the easy way out, he would have taken an Elitesierien contract.

If I were in his shoes 3 years ago, I would have done the same thing he did. Given a choice between a minor league contract with lots of long bus rides and a golden ticket straight to the NHL, would any of us not done exactly what Fabio did?

I keep coming back here hoping to read that Hudler has been sold to Winnipeg for a dollar.
Posted by HockeyTownTodd on 08/15/11 at 03:31 PM ET

Don’t you think the Wings would have to pay Lose-a-peg to take Huds off their hands?

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 08/15/11 at 06:46 PM ET

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RedMenace, just like this came out of left field (if you allow me the baseball metaphor), nothing Mr. Holland does would surprise me (i.e., if Brunnstrom pans out—like midseason, then he could trade Hudler). If Ken Holland does not have to be forced into trading Hudler for a handful of beans, let training camp and the season play itself out. I wouldn’t mind trading Hudler, but I’m not that dead set against him playing for at least a few more months with the Wings. If anything, Kenny now has more options to play with (not to mention some salary cap space).

Posted by Bugsy on 08/15/11 at 06:56 PM ET

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wasnt dallas the breeding ground for finnish players when he signed?

that can wear down a rival pretty quick.

heres to hoping the swede connection improves his attitude and on-ice ethics.

hint to fabio….watch lidas and z.

ignore ericcson.

Posted by chad from albuquerque on 08/15/11 at 10:53 PM ET

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the irony of the situation is that he wouldn’t be in this position if he’d signed with Detroit.

Yeah, he’d me making $6M this year in Buffalo…

Exactly, Garth.  The Red Wing fan ego rears its ugly head again.  They think no player they Wings had interest in can possibly succeed outside Detroit.

Posted by jkm2011 on 08/16/11 at 11:08 AM ET

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