Remember Damien Brunner? You know, 26 goals, OT winner against the Ducks in the playoffs, supposedly headed to the Devils after free agency opened?
Well, he’s still yet to sign a new contract, after playing 2013 on a one-year deal. But his agent, Neil Sheehy, reportedly told a Swiss newspaper that Brunner simply is waiting for the right opportunity — as opposed to contemplating a move back overseas.
“Yes, there are NHL teams interested in signing Brunner. And yes, I’m sure, when I say that Damien will play next season in the NHL,” Sheehy said.
Sheehy went on to say that Brunner enjoyed his time in Detroit but they’re going to wait it out for the right opportunity. Where that opportunity winds up being remains to be seen.
The Red Wings reportedly offered Brunner both a one- and two-year deal before he hit free agency, but GM Ken Holland said the two sides never really came all that close to a deal. Rumors attributed that to Brunner asking for much more than the Wings were willing to pay.
The young sharpshooter’s probably out of the Wings plans now, with the roster stockpiled with forwards and close to the salary cap. Holland still has to re-sign restricted free agent Joakim Andersson, and he has said he would like to bring Danny Cleary back as well, if the Wings can free up enough room.
Brunner, meanwhile, may have missed his chance to sign in New Jersey, given that the Devils added Jaromir Jagr earlier this summer.