Detroit Red Wings free agent forward Damien Brunner could be on his way out of hockeytown. After turning down a two-year deal from the Red wings to test the free agent market, Damien Brunner may be close to finding a home with the New Jersey Devils.
The Devils recently found themselves in need of a versatile forward after the retirement if Iyla Kovalchuk. With options thinning in the free agent pool the Devils could settle on Brunner.
The 27 year old Brunner broke into the NHL on the Red Wings this past season. Although he was an inconsistent performer in the regular season, Brunner turned it on in the playoffs scoring a couple of key goals during the Red Wings surprising playoff run. After the season Damien Brunner had trouble creating interest in the free agent market and nearly a week and a half after the open of NHL Free Agency, Brunner has yet to find a serious suitor.
Time is running out for Damien Brunner in free agency and the opportunity created by the sudden retirement of Kovalchuk might be his best opportunity to get the contract he wants. The Devils are desperate for scoring and Brunner could fit well into their plans for the upcoming season.
It is hard to say if Brunner still has an opportunity to return to the Red Wings, but if he wants to wear the Winged Wheel this season he is going to have to make a decision soon.