(Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)
Damien Brunner has spent all summer long, searching for the new city he would like to call home. Due to his most recent play, he may be sporting black and red permanently, some time in the very near future for the New Jersey Devils.
After countless rumors of numerous teams interested in signing the 27-year-old forward, it looks like the native of Oberlunkhofen, Switzerland, will dawn the Devils logo on the front of his sweater.
After a slow start in his Devils preseason debut in the 5-3 loss to the Islanders, Brunner and the rest of the team boarded the bus, and took at trip to Brooklyn to play the first hockey game at the Barclays Center, where the Islanders will call home in 2015. Brunner was matched up with Devils all-time leading scorer Patrik Elias, left wing, and young Jacob Josefson centering them. This trio seemed to click on all aspects of the ice, leading the Devils to victory that night.
Brunner assisted on both goals scored by Elias and Josefson, marking them as the most prominent line of the night. Devils head coach Pete Deboer is keen on keeping all three on the same line, and knew they had chemistry after the first couple shifts they had together. Each individual feeds off of the others speed and play making ability, making each individual a threat every time they step out onto the ice.
The Devils will face off tonight at the Bell Centre to face the Montreal Canadiens. Goaltender Martion Brodeur, a Montreal native, is expected to make the start, and play the full 60 minutes, just like Cory Schneider did in the Devils 3-0 victory on Saturday.