just saw this on tsn, apparently joe's taking calls about fabian brunnstrom, i remember we were one of the teams after this guy when he was a free agent. according to dreger if his numbers dont improve he could become available.apparently hes "having a hard time adapting to the north american game" which is to blame for his poor numbers so far this season.
i think this guy could be another one of the elite players we could be lacking, hes young and does have a lot of talent.
so what do you guys think it would take to land him considering he may be available?
Brunnström would be a great addition to our group of forwards, under another coach. I don't blame the guy for taking advantage of the fact that a lot of teams were interested in him. It was not his fault that a few bad journalists caused a hype that then developed in to the frenzy that followed. And in the cap world we probably have to get used to that kind of competition for high end free agents. It brings to mind the scramble for Bozak/Gilroy/Gustavsson this summer, and the fact that the Leafs lost out on Brunnström the first time around shouldn't discourage from taking a chance on him if the opportunity arises.
That said I doubt Burke would get him. Not a Burke type of player. Certainly not a Wilson player.
Pass - if Fabian doesn't like his playing time in Dallas he should have signed in Toronto.
In reality it's his own fault.....if i wanted playing time in the NHL and i was an unproven Euro i wouldn't sign with a team full of young talent.....One of Toronto, Nashville or the Isles would have been my choice for getting quality NHL mins...
He should have used his brain before signing with Dallas.
Will Brunnstrom ask teams again to write an essay on why they're interested in his services before reporting to his new destination?
That´s not fair on him. Dont make it sound like he is a prima donna. He was a free agent who knew little about the NHL organizations. He was approached like all other free agents are only he got an invite to get a closer look at where he would end up living seeing he never played in the NHL before. When franchises have the chance to get talent for free they of course will try and show their organization in the best possible light.
I would not mind having him on our roster, think he could become a solid 2nd liner with perhaps flashes of being more then that. But I would not like giving up anything significent for him seeing as we had the chance of signing him for free only a few years ago.
Stalberg - centre - Brunnstrom, could be nice on the 2nd line.
He was the Leafs' leading scorer in the 1963–64, 1966–67 and 1969–70 seasons, and the team's top goal scorer in 1970–71 and 1972–73. Keon was considered one of the fastest skaters in the NHL, and one of the best defensive forwards of his era. He would usually play against the opposing team's top centre, and developed a reputation for neutralizing some of the league's top scorers. In 1970–71, he scored eight shorthanded goals, setting an NHL record.
RFA, I can't see him getting a great deal of value. But who knows.
I don't know much about him, I don't know if he is the 1st line level we need.
If it isn't 1st line talent, it feels like it would be redundant.
There are Dallas fans who have compared him to Loui Eriksson and how he looked just before he got his offence going a few years ago. So I would not say he defenitly do not have first line potential. I mean, we are hoping for Stalberg to turn out great but so far Brunnstrom have proved more then he have. Having them both would how ever be excellent. All they need is centre to play with. How high are Calgary on Backlund?
For me as a Swede a line of Stalberg - Backlund - Brunnstrom would be awesome