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Brunner wants to ink multi-year deal with Detroit

Jun 26, 2013, 8:06 AM EDT

Damien Brunner #24 of the Detroit Red Wings skates with the puck during an NHL game against the Chicago Blackhawks at Joe Louis Arena on March 31, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan.
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27-year-old forward Damien Brunner loved his rookie season with the Detroit Red Wings and doesn’t want to leave anytime soon. He’s scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on July 5, but he would like to ink a multi-year deal, based on a Detroit Free Press report.

“We’ve had discussions,” Brunner’s agent, Neil Sheehy said. “We’re scheduled to talk again in New Jersey this weekend.”

Determining fair value for Brunner might be tricky given that he only has the lockout shortened season and a single playoff run under his belt as far as NHL experience goes.

On top of that, he was particularly streaky. He had 16 points in his first 19 games before going through a patch of just two goals in 25 contests. He bounced back and tied for third on the Red Wings in playoff scoring.

“Those are always issues,” Sheehy said. “If you have a long track record, it makes it easier. Nonetheless, he’s a good player. We’ll see where talks go.”

  1. kiopta1 - Jun 26, 2013 at 8:21 AM

    I want Brunner.

    • ethanmacleod1685 - Jun 26, 2013 at 10:25 AM

      We ll take him here in SJ

    • jcmeyer10 - Jun 26, 2013 at 11:31 AM

      Good thing DoMA just got overturned!

  2. hockeydon10 - Jun 26, 2013 at 8:21 AM

    The enhanced grind of an NHL season compared to the Swiss league got to him. Once he is conditioned to it, he’ll be a great addition. Looks like he’ll have more upside than Filppula. I’m sure Ken Holland will work it out.

    • ibieiniid - Jun 26, 2013 at 8:43 AM

      came to say something, you basically already said it. i had high expectations of this kid this year (even DRAFTED him in fantasy, last round). in retrospect, may have been dumb to think he’d be an all star (figuratively) in his first NHL year….. but he’s DEF a future star. sign the hell out of him.

  3. LampyB - Jun 26, 2013 at 8:27 AM

    Def more upside than Fizzilppula!

  4. tmoore4075 - Jun 26, 2013 at 8:42 AM

    Multi-year as in 2-3 years I’m ok with. Beyond that, he hasn’t proven it yet. I like him and want him to stay, but it has to be smart.

    • polegojim - Jun 26, 2013 at 10:02 AM

      Exactly… I like Brunner, he showed good potential, but also got ‘healthy scratches’ for flopping badly… all players have ‘some’ hot and cold streaks, but he’s still got stuff to prove.

      So many are in love with what he SHOULD become and MIGHT become… with conditioning… a couple years in the league… whatever…

      OK, great… then expect the compensation to reflect the same… it’s only fair.

      I like to see guys get paid well… for what they’re DOING, not what they ‘MIGHT’ do… see the Colorado Avalanche… the very definition of ‘overpaid and underdeliver’.

      The Wings will get this right and Brunner will stay, but within reason of present tense performance.

      • deputydickweed - Jun 26, 2013 at 10:21 AM

        How on earth are the Avs overpaid? They have one of the lowest payrolls in the league the last 3 years now.

      • polegojim - Jun 26, 2013 at 3:38 PM

        Cmon man… ok… not ALL the AVS… not EVERY PLAYER… but the guys they expected to carry the load… and lead the team… haven’t even remotely earned their money.

        Like David Jones, Paul Stastny, Milan Hejduk, Ryan O’Reilly…and others… those guys are being paid the same or more than actual performing players… and made very little positive impact.

        And by the way… even at the lowest payroll… they overpaid when compared with results.

  5. amardo - Jun 26, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    While Brunner is guy that shows offensive promise, he has some defensive shortcomings and lacks the ability to play hard on the puck as well. In addition, when pressure gets put on him, he tends to blindly throw the puck away, and cause potentially costly turnovers in the process.

    So my question is at what cost and duration should the Wings commit to his overall game?

    That said, just because the wings currently lack goal scoring doesn’t mean they should desperately throw big money at him. In my opinion, I’d like to see Brunner get signed to a short term contract with an emphasis on him playing harder on the puck at both ends of the rink. If he can prove to (a). adapt to that style of play and (b). maintain solid offensive production, then at that point, I would be more comfortable inking him to a bigger, more longer term deal. Just my 2..

  6. desertfan - Jun 26, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    I would say 3 X $2.5 for a start and see where he goes from there?

    • dearyxd - Jun 26, 2013 at 12:33 PM

      i think he wants 3x$4 or more

      • hockeydon10 - Jun 26, 2013 at 1:31 PM


  7. jakreidler - Jun 26, 2013 at 11:18 AM


    I like the sound of that second line. Sign him!

  8. snipedanglecelly13 - Jun 26, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    Brunner has so much potential, sign him!

  9. devilsarethebest - Jun 26, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    Well if he’s coming to Jersey anyways….. might as well stay.

  10. clefty1 - Jun 26, 2013 at 8:57 PM

    The Wings need to sign Brunner..

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