May 18, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Detroit Red Wings center Damien Brunner (24) shoots the puck as Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Nick Leddy (8) looks on in the second period of game two of the second round of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Devils Bring In Damien Brunner As An Unsigned Tryout

Damien Brunner has been brought into training camp as an unsigned forward. The Swiss-born forward played his first NHL season with the Detroit Red Wings In 2013.

In 44 games with Detroit, Brunner scored 12 goals and 14 assists. He also added five goals and four assists in 14 playoff games.

May 2, 2013; Anaheim, CA, USA; Detroit Red Wings center Damien Brunner (24) reacts after scoring a goal against the Anaheim Ducks during the first period in game two of the first round of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs at the Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Brunner, 27, was reportedly very close to signing with the Devils in the summer, but things fell through. Lou Lamoriello gave Brunner a camp invite if nothing worked out with any other team. That was the case.

Brunner was in attendance Monday night for the Devils-Rangers game and will practice with the team Tuesday.

 
It is assumed that the Devils will sign Brunner after camp, but Lamoriello has made it clear that there are “no promises” of a contract at the conclusion of camp.

Brunner wants a large sum of money, about $3 million a season, but that may be a little more than he is worth. Remember, they may not want to spend the remainder of their $3.8 million of cap space on a player who has only played 44 career regular season games in the NHL.

However, if the Devils do sign Brunner after camp, they will have one of the deepest rosters in the entire NHL. It has been a great offseason for the Devils and it continues to look like it will be a great season.

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