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AfroThunder396 07-13-2013 02:05 PM

Devils closing in on Damien Brunner?
 
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The Devils appear to be closing in on signing unrestricted free agent forward Damien Brunner, according to a report out of Switzerland.

Nicola Berger of the Swiss newspaper Neue Luzerner Zeitung reported this morning that Brunner “appears to be headed” to the Devils and “they’re doing a lot of background work on him right now.” The 27-year-old native of Zurich Switzerland had 12 goals and 14 assists in 44 regular seaosn games for the Red Wings last season. He added five goals and four assists in 14 playoff games.
http://blogs.northjersey.com/blogs/f....99j6SVH0.dpuf

He'd pretty much be guaranteed top-6 minutes with Kovalchuk out of the picture.

KaossKing 07-13-2013 02:09 PM

seems divisive on the Devs board, but im all aboard the Brunner train

Anth93 07-13-2013 02:09 PM

So the Devils are building through FA I guess?

KaossKing 07-13-2013 02:10 PM

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Originally Posted by Anth93 (Post 69169839)
So the Devils are building through FA I guess?

when two top players leave and we have barely any assets, kinda have to

GreggTheKeg* 07-13-2013 02:11 PM

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Originally Posted by Anth93 (Post 69169839)
So the Devils are building through FA I guess?

to an extent. this is just another merc to score goals.

AlowlyOilersfan 07-13-2013 02:11 PM

He's one of the better FAs still out there that can play top six.

Anth93 07-13-2013 02:11 PM

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Originally Posted by KaossKing (Post 69169873)
when two top players leave and we have barely any assets, kinda have to

True, I guess if they suck.. They'll just aim to draft the following year.

AfroThunder396 07-13-2013 02:14 PM

Interesting to see what the term is. Brunner is 27, curious to see if Lou sees him as a guy to build around or a supplemental merc.

Retail1LO 07-13-2013 02:15 PM

One day the Devils will top paying these has beens a ton of money, blow it up, and rebuild through the draft...which they are good at if they retain the picks.

Rowdy Roddy Peeper 07-13-2013 02:17 PM

Seems like a good fit considering everything that's happened with them lately.

Devils Trap 07-13-2013 02:20 PM

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Originally Posted by Retail1LO (Post 69170021)
One day the Devils will top paying these has beens a ton of money, blow it up, and rebuild through the draft...which they are good at if they retain the picks.

You think a Lamoriello knows what the word "rebuild" means ??? :laugh::laugh:

Love how Brunner is a has been, seeing how he has played 1 season in the NHL

Seto 07-13-2013 02:22 PM

We need someone to fill that spot and Brunner is the best option.

chokei 07-13-2013 02:32 PM

Will be interesting to see what Brunner does. While he would love to get top-6 minutes and sign a long-term contract that gives him security, I doubt he wants to sign it with a team that won't be contending for the next few years, now that he has finally made it to the NHL with 27.

If he stays healthy and has a good season, Brunner can score 30 goals.

GreggTheKeg* 07-13-2013 02:35 PM

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Originally Posted by AfroThunder396 (Post 69169999)
Interesting to see what the term is. Brunner is 27, curious to see if Lou sees him as a guy to build around or a supplemental merc.

If he thought he was someone to build around he'd be a Devil by now. Lou is trying to get the term short I bet.

Bench 07-13-2013 02:35 PM

Brunner and Ryder are very similar players. Devils would have excellent shooting options on the powerplay, if nothing else.

He's also fairly speedy and has an extremely high compete level. He wants the puck and he wants to score. A hard guy not to like.

AfroThunder396 07-13-2013 02:48 PM

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Originally Posted by GreggTheKeg (Post 69170583)
If he thought he was someone to build around he'd be a Devil by now. Lou is trying to get the term short I bet.

I don't know, the "doing a lot of background work" in the link is what gets me. If he was signing him for 1 or 2 years Lou wouldn't be this thorough.

CNS 07-13-2013 02:50 PM

I really like Brunner's game. If the Kings had anything resembling room on the RW, I'd love to have him. He'll be a good pick up for New Jersey.

we like our team 07-13-2013 02:51 PM

damien... devils...

good fit

Maplelaughs97 07-13-2013 02:54 PM

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Originally Posted by Bench (Post 69170585)
Brunner and Ryder are very similar players. Devils would have excellent shooting options on the powerplay, if nothing else.

He's also fairly speedy and has an extremely high compete level. He wants the puck and he wants to score. A hard guy not to like.

Really? Thought that his compete level/durability were big questions....maybe my view is scued after reading comment on the wings board....

richardsequalscup* 07-13-2013 03:04 PM

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Originally Posted by Retail1LO (Post 69170021)
One day the Devils will top paying these has beens a ton of money, blow it up, and rebuild through the draft...which they are good at if they retain the picks.

They haven't been good at drafting in over 8 years. Their draft history the past 8 years is pathetic. Their entire scouting staff should be fired and Lou should retire.

Tretyak 20 07-13-2013 03:07 PM

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Originally Posted by AfroThunder396 (Post 69170945)
I don't know, the "doing a lot of background work" in the link is what gets me. If he was signing him for 1 or 2 years Lou wouldn't be this thorough.

Background work as is "you give us your passport and we put it in a safety deposit box until the contract's up!". :sarcasm:

tmg 07-13-2013 03:08 PM

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Originally Posted by Retail1LO (Post 69170021)
One day the Devils will top paying these has beens a ton of money, blow it up, and rebuild through the draft...which they are good at if they retain the picks.

I think we've found it.

I think we've found the single post that most succinctly summarizes the insanity of the mentality of so many of the regulars here.

When a player who is yet to play his 50th nhl regular-season game... is already a has-been.

gretskidoo 07-13-2013 03:08 PM

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Originally Posted by AfroThunder396 (Post 69169999)
Interesting to see what the term is. Brunner is 27, curious to see if Lou sees him as a guy to build around or a supplemental merc.

Definitely not a guy you build around.

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Originally Posted by Maplelaughs97 (Post 69171149)
Really? Thought that his compete level/durability were big questions....maybe my view is scued after reading comment on the wings board....

He's bad defensively, but his compete level is still high. He was also misused on the point on the PP, and he was beyond ****ing terrible at that, so that might skew it a bit for some.

Fine young man 07-13-2013 03:12 PM

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Originally Posted by Maplelaughs97 (Post 69171149)
Really? Thought that his compete level/durability were big questions....maybe my view is scued after reading comment on the wings board....

Nothing wrong with his compete level, he just sucks defensively. :laugh:

MasterofGrond 07-13-2013 03:13 PM

Devils have enough defensive forwards to cover for a slacker or two, I think :laugh:

If he can get the puck on net, I'm on board.


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