The New Jersey Devils have signed former Detroit Red Wing UFA Damien Brunner to a professional tryout.
According to TSN, Brunner is currently on route from Switzerland and will be in the Garden State by Tuesday to join the club.
Rumors about Brunner’s future have been swirling for weeks. Many believed he would be playing in Europe this season, however, it appears as though he may have found his new home in New Jersey.
He still has to make the team, although the Devils are in desperate need of some added scoring punch with the departure of Ilya Kovalchuk.
After turning down a more than reasonable offer from Detroit earlier this summer it became very clear that he would be taking his services elsewhere this season.
Many teams appeared reluctant to pay top dollar for a relatively unproven commodity at the National Hockey League level. With that being said, Brunner did have an impressive playoff performance for Detroit last season in which he scored some key goals for the club.
Nonetheless, I think I speak for all of Hockeytown in wishing him nothing but the worst of success as he moves on to join New Jersey.
Have fun missing the playoffs Damien.
It was a slice.