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Devils scratch Brunner, won’t face ex-Detroit mates

Dec 6, 2013, 11:26 AM EDT

NEWARK, NJ - NOVEMBER 15: Damien Brunner #12 of the New Jersey Devils skates in an NHL hockey game against the Los Angeles Kings at Prudential Center on November 15, 2013 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images) Getty Images

The New Jersey Devils will make Damien Brunner a healthy scratch for Friday’s game against Detroit, denying Brunner the chance to go up against his former team.

Brunner — who signed a two-year, $5 million deal with New Jersey late in the summer after failing to re-up with the Wings — has struggled mightily in his first season with the Devils, scoring just four goals and eight points in 26 games.

New Jersey was hopeful the Swiss forward would produce like he did in his first NHL campaign. Brunner had a very solid ’13 season in Detroit, scoring 12 goals and 26 points in 44 games, then led the team with five goals in 14 playoff appearances.

This year, though, has been a challenge. Brunner has just one point in his last 16 games and has been in and out of the lineup recently, earning himself a spot in head coach Peter DeBoer’s doghouse.



  1. 950003cups - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:32 AM

    Time to put him on waivers. He’s not worth a roster spot.

    • nj666 - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:53 AM

      I’d rather trade him and actually get something in return

  2. LampyB - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    And people questioned Detroits decision to pass on his contract demands. NJ was the only group of suckers to bite.

  3. lopo - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    We(Detroit) will give you Samuelson and Clearly for him.

  4. tmoore4075 - Dec 6, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    Hope you’re having fun in the press box. Huge mistake for him to turn down the Wings.

    • biasedhomer - Dec 6, 2013 at 5:22 PM

      How is it a huge mistake? He got paid.

      • partsman193509 - Dec 7, 2013 at 12:51 PM

        He signed with the Devils for the same money he turned down from the Wing’s, not really a smart move.

    • polegojim - Dec 6, 2013 at 9:31 PM

      Huge mistake for New Jersey… they’re now seeing with Detroit saw… his true value.

      Mistake for him… he’s missing out on playing with high performing guys… enjoy the paycheck.

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