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by George Malik on 07/06/13 at 02:48 AM ET
With Pierre LeBrun and Bob McKenzie heading on vacation, I'm not sure whether we're going to be able to prove that anyone's signed anywhere...
But in all seriousness, at the end of what is turning out to be a seventeen-hour work day, Paul and will do the best we possibly can to inform you of players' destinations over the balance of the summer, never mind the next couple of days.
If we can find an inkling from a reputable source who does not charge you money to have access to insights of player-moving note, we will try to pass those along, be it on Twitter or elsewhere. But if we do not know where a player is going, we are simply going to have to say what has been my most unpopular comment here on KK, TMR, or anywhere else: "I don't know."
As a Red Wings fan as well as a Red Wings blogger, you'd better believe that I want to find out where Damien Brunner's going now that Ken Holland addressed Brunner's status as follows on the Alfredsson conference call, as noted by DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose:
"I’m not sure if we’re done with free agency. Obviously, the one guy that’s out there is Dan Cleary, I continue to stay in touch with him. Damien Brunner, I certainly expect he’s going to be moving on to a different situation, but I’ll see what happens with Dan Cleary over the next few hours. But it’s been a tremendous day.”
But I really don't know where Brunner's going to end up. All I know is that every indication going into free agency, from German more than English sources, suggested that Brunner was intrigued by testing the market, and at this point, it appears that Neil Sheehy has directed his client to go to another team.
This was the last we heard of Brunner rumors:
I also know that the Wings' beat writers told us that Daniel Cleary was looking for more term than the Wings were offering, and that at one point, the Peguins were talking to him...
But that fizzled when the Penguins re-signed Craig Adams, and then the Cleary thing got nixed:
So that's what I know about Brunner and Cleary as of 2:45 AM. I cannot make predictions based on that kind of information, and while I understand that it is quite fashionable to throw out some guesses, I would rather be honest and annoy you in saying, "I don't know," like a little kid who has brain damage.
I can't go with, "Source says" or "indications are" or any of that bullshit. The #1 rule of my job is, "DON'T MAKE SHIT UP" and the other one is "CITE YOUR SOURCES."
After that, I can be an *#$%@& and a moron and an immature jerk (okay, the contract doesn't say that explicitly), but you already know I'm an *#$%@& and a moron and an immature jerk.
I at least want to be an honest one.
I'm sorry. I don't know. We will find out, hopefully soon, and while I'm really happy that Daniel Alfredsson, my favorite non-Red Wing--to the point that I have an Alfredsson Senators jersey--joined the team...
I'm really *#$%@& pissed off about Brunner leaving. So I want to *#$%@& know.
"Brain damage" = Quoting Bill Cosby, of course, from Bill Cosby's "Himself." Which is perhaps one of the best comedic pieces in existence.
With that, goodnight.
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