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‘Nothing imminent’ for Brunner: agent

Jul 15, 2013, 11:41 AM EDT

Damien Brunner AP

Damien Brunner‘s agent has thrown some cold water on a report out of Switzerland that suggested his client was about to sign with the New Jersey Devils.

This morning, Neil Sheehy told The Record’s Tom Gulitti that there’s “nothing imminent” on the signing front.

The Devils obviously have a big hole to fill after sniper Ilya Kovalchuk left for the KHL. Brunner, 27, scored 12 times in 44 games for Detroit during the regular season, then adding a team-high five goals in the playoffs.

Brunner was reportedly looking for $3 -3.5 million per season for 2-3 years from the Red Wings.

  1. valoisvipers - Jul 15, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    I must confess that I’m a little puzzled that the Wings didn’t re-up Brunner, I’ve seen worse contracts for lesser players but In Holland We Trust and Red Wings Know Best.

    • tmoore4075 - Jul 15, 2013 at 3:09 PM

      Wings offered him a 2 year and a 3 year contract at noon on July 5th and he said no. Holland knew where he wanted him price range and that was 2.5mil per. I’m wondering if playing time had something to do with it. Without injuries he was going to be on the third line like he was in the playoffs. I’d love to see him there, especially with Helm coming back but when you’re 27 and think you can be a star you want more minutes and probably don’t want to wait.

    • polegojim - Jul 15, 2013 at 7:21 PM

      No mystery or confusion Val…. he’s asking for WAY more than he’s earned… period.

      Reality Check Mr. Brunner… no one’s urgently jumping at the pick up…

  2. lionstigersandwingsohmy - Jul 15, 2013 at 12:46 PM

    It’s my understanding that Brunner want’s to return to the Wings and that his agent and the Wings have an agreement to talk again prior to him signing a contract to give the Wings one last chance. This is the reason nothing is imminent. I know it is unlikely, but I would prefer to have him back. If Helm is healthy, that would be a pretty good third line.

    • polegojim - Jul 15, 2013 at 7:22 PM

      Let’s hope reason-ability kicks in on his ‘ask’

  3. ibieiniid - Jul 15, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    is it a bit ridiculous to anybody else that he’s asking a team to take such a big leap on him after his one season in the NHL? don’t get me wrong, i was excited to see this kid come into the league when he came. i was surprised at how well he jumped right in and handled a main role on a team in a tough division. i liked him and his character on the ice too… but who does he think he is? he’s a 2nd year NHL’er, that’s it. why’s he think owners make big money decisions on 2nd year players? i know he’s got limited time to make money in the league due to age, but seems he’s going a bit overboard for his first offseason.

    • ibieiniid - Jul 15, 2013 at 1:25 PM

      rereading that, it may be misleading when i used “big money.” the money isn’t so bad, it’s giving him a multi-year contract. if I was the wings, i’d push for 1-year, 3.25….

  4. wingz101 - Jul 15, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    I like Brunner, but 3.5 million after 40 odd NHL games? I can see why the Wings would rather roll the dice with Alfredsson for 1 year.

    Brunner basically cannot come back to Detroit unless he stays unsigned until September. The Wings are at the 50 player max for contracts and are up against the cap. They would have to dump a few bodies before they can sign him.

    And this New Jersey rumor … wow. With no Clarkson and no Kovalchuck the Devils will be playing a classic trap style. Let’s just say that Brunner might not look to good in that kind of system.

  5. bullwinkle88 - Jul 15, 2013 at 4:23 PM

    Come on Darcy! Brunner would be an excellent fit for the Sabres! The kind of kid that can help the rebuild. Get ‘er done Darcy!!!

    • redridershoottheireyeout - Jul 15, 2013 at 5:06 PM

      Darcy is too busy sitting on his hands, trying to figure out who he can screw next to so he can continue his incredible enigmatic string of mediocrity! Besides I would hate to be the team that tries to cash in on this kids one post-season minor success, I’d rather see him go after a Kesler, Hanzal or someone like that who can be strong in the middle and win some GD faceoffs.

  6. kovodisc - Jul 15, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    I was hoping the Bruins would chase after Brunner and plug him on the 3rd line but that doesn’t look like it’s happening.

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