Thread: Confirmed with Link: Wings sign Damien Brunner (1 year for $925K)
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05-19-2012, 05:41 PM
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Originally Posted by ChadS View Post
Yea I know the story. I just mean their situations are completely different, so it's weird to compare them. Also, I don't know if Brunnström had any other offers on the table than Detroits, so would've he been "KHL-bound" if the Wings didn't give him a chance?
Their situations are different now. People are using Brunnstrom as an example of an older, unsigned European player that had a dozen teams trying to woo him to sign. And the end result of all these signings is a marginal talent who typically wants NHL ice time despite having done nothing to earn it.

Brunnstrom signed with Dallas because they promised him he'd play in the NHL immediately. He showed some glimmer of promise (for like 3 months) then disappeared into an AHL player. The Red Wings were smart at the time, in 2008, not to promise him NHL minutes.

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