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Brunner to attend Devils camp on PTO

Sep 16, 2013, 5:36 PM EDT

Damien Brunner AP

Damien Brunner may have finally found a new NHL gig.

The Swiss forward, who scored 26 points for Detroit last season, will reportedly attend New Jersey’s training camp on a professional try out, according to Swiss news outlet Radiotelevisione Svizzera.

UPDATE: Devils GM Lou Lamoriello has confirmed Brunner will be in camp.

Brunner, 27, finished third on the Red Wings with 12 goals last year, his first in the NHL.

There had been reports he was contemplating a return to Switzerland’s National League A — he spent the 2011-12 season with Zug, led the league in scoring and was named forward of the year — but in mid-August, his agent (Neil Sheehy) said Brunner would play in the NHL this season.

New Jersey is a logical landing spot.

The Devils are in need of scoring up front after finishing 28th in the NHL in goals per game (2.29) last season. What’s more, the club has nearly $4 million in available cap space following Ilya Kovalchuk’s shock retirement with 14 years and $77 million left on his contract.

Brunner played last season on a one-year, $1.35 million deal and could be seeking a raise, given his production and strong playoff (nine points in 14 games).

  1. ibieiniid - Sep 16, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    good move GMLL. if you get this guy cheaper by gambling he’d make it through to a TO without a contract, and win that gamble, that’s a genius move.

  2. ethanmacleod1685 - Sep 16, 2013 at 6:22 PM

    Lamerello once again pulled it off

  3. 4everwingsfan - Sep 16, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    If the Devils get him cheap, good for them. I wish things could have worked out differently for Detroit, cause I think he’s got good potential.

  4. jhuck92 - Sep 16, 2013 at 8:22 PM

    The Devils are making moves. They’re filing the gap that Kovalchuk created by signing Jagr and possibly Brunner. I’m impressed.

  5. rjkilla - Sep 16, 2013 at 10:05 PM

    Adds much needed speed and offensive depth

  6. nj666 - Sep 16, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    I’d say this years team could more depth than last years team.

    • nj666 - Sep 16, 2013 at 10:31 PM

      *could have*

  7. earpaniac - Sep 17, 2013 at 1:01 AM

    I can’t believe this guy hasn’t found a deal before this. Is his asking price out of whack or something?

    • ibieiniid - Sep 17, 2013 at 9:30 AM

      short story, yes, it was. nobody wants to gamble 4mil (i think that’s close to what he was asking) on a player with one shortened season of experience. that’s why I think Lou waiting til TOs was a good move. if they can sign him for 2 or 3/yr for 2 or 3 yrs, that’s a great deal.

  8. aerowings7 - Sep 17, 2013 at 5:54 AM

    I don’t like how Brunner took a page out of Fedorov’s book and got greedy after only one year of playing. While he does show a lot of promise, he needs to learn that he still hasn’t proven himself yet. Good luck to him, but his whole story just leaves a bitter taste in my mouth

  9. tmoore4075 - Sep 17, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    Could have had guarantee money for 2-3 years from the Wings and is now on a tryout.

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