What makes a good quality NHL player? Is it their perseverance, drive or motivation? Their effort, leadership or teamwork? Or is it some combination of all of those qualities put together that embodies the spirit of an NHLer.
Well, it appears that Damien Brunner has none of that or not enough of it for the several NHL teams that were reportedly linked to him earlier this summer. Last season he notched 10 goals in his first 19 games with the Red Wings, but his production dropped and he ended with just 12 goals and a total of 26 points in 44 games during his first, albeit lockout-shortened, season. Considering how late it is in the off-season, we are all left wondering what his next move will be. Just where will he end up? Could be that he will end up back in his native Switzerland.
Zuger sporting director Jakub Horak stated: "We do not plan to [sign] Brunner. But of course we would take him to kiss on the hand. It would be conceivable an agreement from game to game, from which Brunner can get off at any time."
And yet, Brunner's agent, Neil Sheehy, was reported saying that Brunner would end up in the NHL next season earlier in August.
"Yes, there are NHL teams interested in signing Brunner. And yes, I’m sure, when I say that Damien will play next season in the NHL," said Sheehy.
Who knows what he will do when the time comes. For now, it appears that no NHL team is willing, or has the means, to give Brunner a "kiss on the hand."