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Talking Brunner And Cleary

Anshar Khan of Mlive answered some questions regarding Damien Brunner and Dan Cleary....

On Brunner...

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.

On Cleary...

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.

more on both...

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TreKronor's avatar

I think a 3 year offer for Cleary is a little long, considering his knees.  I’d be thinking more like 2 years.

If money and terms were the same, and I had the choice of EITHER Cleary OR Brunner, I don’t even know who I’d go for.  Both bring different things to the table.  Brunner’s got the talent, but so do the kids who will be coming up from GR.  Cleary has grit and experience, but I sometimes wonder how much he has left.  Cleary was excellent in the playoffs,  but I just don’t think he can come close to that level of intensity all year long.  Maybe that’s a big reason why Cleary is still unsigned.

Who knows.

Posted by TreKronor on 07/25/13 at 01:04 PM ET


I’d be thinking more like 2 years.

I’d be cool with zero years at zero dollars per year.

Posted by Garth on 07/25/13 at 01:35 PM ET

LivinLaVidaLockout's avatar

I’d be cool with zero years at zero dollars per year.

Posted by Garth on 07/25/13 at 01:35 PM ET

Can we go lower?

Posted by LivinLaVidaLockout on 07/25/13 at 05:12 PM ET

TKShreve's avatar

But if you only scoop him up for two years, he might be sidelined for up to 1 of them. Potential 50% waste.You have a better shot at getting more games out of him over a longer contract. I’d be thinking like seven years might get you a net of 340 games. Cap hit of some pistons tickets - winding down to a bag of pucks in the final two years. Ya dig?


With all due respect to Danny and his tenure here as a Wing…..... Thank you sir. I also agree with the comments on his playoff performance last year. He wore his stripes proudly. But I think the tank is low, the shocks are worn and the new car lot across the street is reaching capacity.

All good things come to an end. Except George’s blogs. I’ve never seen one end.

Posted by TKShreve from East Uptown on 07/26/13 at 09:58 AM ET

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