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Brunner’s agent says he’ll play in the NHL this year

Aug 18, 2013, 1:35 PM EDT

Damien Brunner AP

Damien Brunner debuted in the NHL last season after coming over from Switzerland and showed he could score goals with the best of them. While he showed he can stick, no one’s snagged him yet this summer. Could he be headed back for Europe? Not so says his agent.

In an email correspondence with a Swiss paper (via George Malik), Brunner’s agent, Neil Sheehy, says any talk of his client turning down big money from Detroit or returning to Europe is false. (Poor translation ahead)

“Yes, there are NHL teams interested in signing Brunner. And yes, I’m sure, when I say that Damien will play next season in the NHL,” Sheehy said.

Sheehy went on to say that Brunner enjoyed his time in Detroit but they’re going to wait it out for the right opportunity. Where that opportunity winds up being remains to be seen.

Goals are in demand but Brunner’s one shortened season in the NHL may be causing teams to pause on how much to pay up for him.

  1. ethanmacleod1685 - Aug 18, 2013 at 1:54 PM

    At doesn’t he like it in Detroit ? I do hope tho, he comes to SJ

    • sjsblitz - Aug 18, 2013 at 6:45 PM

      Wings cant fford him hunfortunately, and neither can SJ(unless we buyout Havlat, which we all know if coming soon). NJ, CGY. Preds, any team that could use scoring and has the cap space would be the more logical choices

      • bmke92 - Aug 20, 2013 at 4:33 PM

        San Jose cant buyout Havlat. Not only has the deadline passed a long time ago, he’s also too injured to even be bought out. He WILL be placed on the LTIR so there will be room for Brunner the second that happens. But when Havlat comes back we will have to clear 5 million to stay under the cap. Havlat will have to be traded immediately when he’s ready, and thats not easy to do.

  2. ethanmacleod1685 - Aug 18, 2013 at 1:54 PM


    • polegojim - Aug 18, 2013 at 10:13 PM

      Oh… so he’s INTENTIONALLY without a team… it’s all part of the ‘Sheehy’ plan…

      1) Hold on to ridiculous contract demands with a most unproven player
      2) Remain unemployed as long as possible… maybe into the preseason
      3) Watch from the stands as teams fill their rosters… until utility roles remain
      4) End us signing for less than Detroit offered, saying it’s all for the best

      Sheesh… give me a break. Yeah…. right.

  3. martysbetter - Aug 18, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    I wonder if the Jagr signing means NJ is out on Brunner – there were reports of the Devils inquiring about him a month or so back..

    I think he’d fit nicely on a line with Loktionov, he’s shown an ability to make some slick passes and Brunner seems like he likes to shoot the puck.

    • 950003cups - Aug 18, 2013 at 4:38 PM

      Jagr was a one year deal. Brunner will be a multi year deal. They’re not in any way connected. Completely different angles. Nobody is gonna bail out on a young guy with talent for a multi year deal simply because they spent too much on a one year deal. It means they just don’t wanna sign him for different reasons. Has nothing to do with Jagr

  4. isithockeyseasonyet - Aug 18, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    Why don’t the devils try to get this dude on a one year deal? Could be worth something at the trade deadline assuming the devils aren’t a playoff contender

    • killerpgh - Aug 18, 2013 at 5:00 PM

      Brunner is a 27 year old free agent who put up 12 goals in 44 reg season games and 5 goals in 14 playoff games last year. His 1st pro season in North America. Slim chance he signs a 1 year deal.

  5. mattyo99 - Aug 18, 2013 at 6:25 PM

    Reminds of Villie Leino, except a little better

    • biasedhomer - Aug 19, 2013 at 2:54 PM

      Difference being Leino did it for a full 82 game season, plus 26 points in 30 playoff games.

  6. blackhawks2010 - Aug 18, 2013 at 7:00 PM

    Not enough track record to warrant a multi year deal yet. Brunner needs to show he can play consistently over a full season.

  7. multiplemiggs - Aug 18, 2013 at 7:25 PM

    you know what? u guys are right. The Devils are a perfect match and signing him cant hurt. if hes a bust then just let him walk.

  8. LampyB - Aug 18, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    The reason hes not signed is because his contract demands are too high with little experience. Its why all GM’s are just holding off

  9. garrison1981 - Aug 19, 2013 at 12:10 AM

    Stay in Detroit and win a cup!

  10. massconn72 - Aug 19, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    There must be something that all of the GM’s see that they don’t like.

  11. juansy - Aug 19, 2013 at 3:08 PM

    He’s weak defensively, weak in the corners and with a small body of work. Rumor was he turned down a multiyear offer of 2.5 from Detroit. Not smart.

  12. kane987245 - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    If his agent wants to screw with him, than that is on Brunner as well. He isnt worth more than 2 Mil in my mind because of his age and year(s) in the NHL. I’d day a 2 year 2 mil each would be more than a fair deal for him. But if he wants to listen to his agent and think he is worth almost 3? maybe being signed for much less when REG Season arrives will sober himself up.

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