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Brunner to be healthy scratch versus Kings

Nov 21, 2013, 4:24 PM EDT

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With no points in his last 10 games, New Jersey winger Damien Brunner will be a healthy scratch tonight when his Devils take on the Kings in Los Angeles.

“I haven’t scored in 10 games, so it’s maybe not that surprising,” Brunner said, per The Record. “I think I’ve just got to work harder. That’s just a standard quote, but I have to start moving better, support the puck better, maybe make some plays. But I think the main part is to stay positive here, keep working hard, watch the game closely tonight and see what I can do better and be better. But no time to feel sorry for yourself.”

In Brunner’s place will be Mattias Tedenby, a 23-year-old winger with one goal in nine games for New Jersey this season.

Brunner, 27, signed a two-year, $5 million contract with the Devils in September after pricing himself out of a return to the Detroit Red Wings, for whom he scored 12 times in 44 games as an NHL rookie last season.

New Jersey (8-8-5) has won two straight, including last night’s 4-3 overtime victory in Anaheim over a Ducks side that had yet to lose at home.

  1. thecheeman - Nov 21, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    Utterly invisible for astoundingly long stretches

    • polegojim - Nov 21, 2013 at 4:58 PM

      So said the Red Wings when they would not give him that deal.

  2. 950003cups - Nov 21, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    Fitting for a guy who asked for the moon on July 1, and his phone didn’t ring until late September for a meesly tryout. He just isn’t any good.

    • polegojim - Nov 21, 2013 at 5:01 PM

      Yes… exceedingly unreasonable self-estimation… and blew an opportunity to be trained by some of the best in the Hockey Business… including Babs.

      The Devils blew it. Seriously… Holland and Babcock’s position should have spoken VOLUMES.

  3. withseidelinn - Nov 21, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    Yikes, forgot he existed.

  4. muckleflugga - Nov 21, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    he’s got no appetite for contact hockey on small rinks with big men

    put him on olympic ice, he’ll light it up

  5. martysbetter - Nov 21, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    He was our best player by a long shot for the first few games, nonexistent since then.

    Don’t think he’s a good fit for our system, Damien Brunner isn’t going to do any damage digging pucks out of the corners.

    • hockeydon10 - Nov 22, 2013 at 9:14 AM

      I think this is it.

      Wings fan here and he really was at his best flying into the zone and making quick passing and shooting plays. Grinding it out wasn’t part of his game that was ever going to make any highlight reels.

  6. devilsarethebest - Nov 21, 2013 at 7:42 PM

    Good. After his hot start he’s quieted down and with good reason. I’ve watched him game after game from ice level and his lack of effort is clearly visible on his face, he just floats. Hopefully this will put him in his place so he realizes he’s not invincible and starts playing.

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