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by George Malik on 08/15/13 at 12:18 AM ET
Kuchta exchanged emails with herr Brunner's agent, Neil Sheehy, and Sheehy says that his client remains committed to signing an NHL deal, and Sheehy says that he understands that he and Brunner will have to wait to land their expected $3+ million payday. What follows is translated German:
"There's a lot of speculation regarding Damien because he hasn't found a new employer. People who believe that he hasn't received an offer because he wants too much money have no idea [what's going on]. Money was not and is not the priority for him. He wants to play where he has the best opportunity. In that sense, nothing's changed," explains the Canadian [agent].
Sheehy would be a poor agent if he wasn't aware that his client is still able to play in the best league in the world. He writes: "Yes, there are NHL teams interested in signing Brunner. And yes, I'm certain when I say that Damien will play the upcoming season in the NHL."
Sheehy raises no doubts that he is prepared to wait as long as it takes for the right opportunity to arise.
"We must be patient."
Clearly he's constantly making decisions, including some that aren't easy to understand at first glance. As for the rejected bid of the Red Wings, who helped him make the jump to the NHL, Sheehy said: "Damien loved his time in Detroit in every instance, but he's looking forward to new opportunities."
Kuchta continues, and suggests--sans input from Sheehy--that Brunner may end up in Colorado, Anaheim, Phoenix, Dallas or Buffalo.
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