Devils Sign Brunner to Multi-Year Deal
Added by Tim Purcell on September 24, 2013.
(Saed Hindash/The Star-Ledger)
How does the old saying go? It’s, “Don’t delay the inevitable,” right? Well in this case, New Jersey Devils President/General Manager Lou Lamoriello did not delay his decision for more than a few days, signing try-out invitee Damien Brunner to a 2-year, $5 million contract, early Tuesday afternoon.
It didn’t take long for the 27-year-old unrestricted free agent to catch the eye of his GM, coach, and now teammates. In two preseasons games with the Devils
, both against the Islanders, Brunner showed his new organization why they invited him to camp in the first place. Recording two assists in a 3-0 win this past Saturday, the newest Devil seemed to click with one of the longest tenured Devils, Patrik Elias.
The line of Brunner, Elias, and center Jacob Josefson combined for 6 points, including two goals and four assists. The chemistry developed this early in camp with such a new player can be hard to find, but it looks like, as usual, Lamoriello has found another diamond in the rough. During his rookie season last year, Brunner recorded 12 goals and 14 assists for 26 points. The Devils are happy to have him on board, and are eager to see him build off of last years totals.
Brunner brings the three S’s that every team looks for: speed, sense, and skill. He may not be able to single handedly make up for the losses of Kovalchuk and Clarkson, but with his addition, along with Ryder, Clowe, Jagr, and Olesz, New Jersey finally has the depth they’ve been searching for the past few seasons.
New Jersey will take on the Philadelphia Flyers tonight at the Wells Fargo Center, in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. Brunner is expected to be inserted into the lineup tonight. The Devils are 2-2 this preseason, and hope to improve with a win over the Broadstreet Bullies.