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by Paul on 07/25/13 at 12:30 PM ET
Anshar Khan of Mlive answered some questions regarding Damien Brunner and Dan Cleary....
It's highly doubtful that Brunner will return. He was seeking a multiyear deal worth around $3.5 million a season. The Red Wings offered two years at $2.5 million per season. They were hesitant to offer more to a player with no track record in the NHL (just 44 games).
Brunner started strong, with 10 goals and 16 points in 19 games while playing on a line with Henrik Zetterberg, then hit a wall, going 15 games without a goal. He finished with 12 goals and 26 points in 44 games and had a decent playoff run (five goals, nine points in 14 games).
The inconsistently, coupled with his NHL inexperience, makes it difficult to determine his value or commit too many years to him. That might explain why he hasn't signed yet.
I doubt that Brunner would significantly lower his asking price to return to Detroit. Plus, he's looking for a top-six role to maximize his offensive ability, and the Red Wings are set with their top six.
As long he's unsigned there's a chance. But, like I said before, I doubt that they'll be able to clear enough cap space to make it happen. It would be in his best interest to not wait around for that.
Nobody has said Cleary will be back, only that it's a possibility that hinges on the club's ability to shed salary. And that rumor of three years for $3 million a season is false. If that were the Red Wings' offer, Cleary would have taken it. I don't know what their offer was, but I'm told it was closer to $2 million a year for the first two seasons and less than that for the third year.
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