Thread: Brunner Signing
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09-30-2012, 03:56 PM
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Originally Posted by fabricoh View Post
Whenever the Wings sign Euro free agents (Fabian Brunnstrom, Ilari Filppula, Ville Leino) they all end up in Grand Rapids.
iFlip is/was comparable to Emmerton in offensive performance and wasn't as good defensively. Are you suggesting he should have been on the Wings that year when most people say Emmerton doesn't belong on a weaker team now?

Leino ended up there due to a numbers game, both roster and cap hit. He came up for a short stint and did very well (13 GP, 5-4-9). The next season, he played 29 more games but scored only 4-3-7 before being shipped to Philadelphia for Ole-Kristian Tollefson and a 5th round pick (Mattias Backman) in order to clear cap space.

So I suspect the same thing happens with Brunner. Nyquist more than adequately replaces Hudler.
Yes, because so many players in the league last year played fewer than 14 minutes and scored 20+ ES goals. I believe the count was three. And a great number of players played fewer than 16 total minutes yet scored 25. Also three. Hudler was the only player in both categories.

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