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by George Malik on 08/15/11 at 12:48 PM ET
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.
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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