"So, from eliminating those skating this morning and those injured, the Devils’ lineup tonight in Montreal will come from these remaining players on the roster (13 forwards, 7 defensemen, two goalies). I would not be surprised if there were a couple more Albany assignments today with Rod Pelley and Tim Sestito clearing waivers on Saturday.
Forwards: Dainius Zubrus, Stephen Gionta, Adam Henrique, Jacob Josefson, Michael Ryder, Steve Bernier, Krys Barch, Tim Sestito, Rostislav Olesz, Cam Janssen, Rod Pelley, Stefan Matteau, Mike Sislo."
Defensemen: Adam Larsson, Andy Greene, Mark Fayne, Eric Gelinas, Alex Urbom, Damon Severson, Brandon Burlon.
That's not good, hopefully he's busy putting his signature on a contract.
I think the opposite. I think it's a great sign that the coaches don't feel the need to look at him in every single preseason game. In my opinion, it's a sign that they've seen enough to know what they have in him (in a good way).
Maybe the coaching staff saw the chemistry Brunner had with Elias and want them to practice/play together? I don't think it's necessarily a bad thing, they couldn't have had much, if any, negative thoughts on Brunner after the last game.
Wouldn't read into Brunner not playing tonight..He played well last game and they're just getting other guys into the lineup. At this point I don't think it's outlandish to say he'll be signed and will see significant time on a line with Elias this year. Elias is very easy to play with and I think those two will produce.
“I like to work in pairs more than even lines. I thought Elias and Brunner had good chemistry. Not to minimize (Josefson’s) influence on that line, but I think at this point in training camp I’m looking more for pairs of guys and then we’ll fit in who goes with those guys as we go.”
Thats really all you need to hear to find out where this teams status on Brunner is.