Posted 16 April 2014 - 06:41 AM
I'm willing to give Brunner a bit of a pass this year simply because he was injured so much that I can imagine it being hard to constantly have to readjust to the system and his linemates each time he came back.
I feel like he never played enough games in a row for anything to become automatic.
Having said that, he was the only player who Pete Deboer kind of called out for a lack of intensity. That worries me.
He was also healthy-scratched at times. Not all of his missed games were due to injury.
I wonder is Brunner is one of those guys PDB basically tells Lou to trade if possible, that Brunner is simply a player that PDB can't work with.
Re: potential with Brunner, again, he's not a 22 or 23-year-old kid. He's already 28. And what still sticks out to me is that he couldn't find a job until just before the start of the regular season. Guys do fall through the cracks from time to time, no question, and under the circumstances, I fully get why Lou rolled the dice on him, but his first season with the Devils almost seem the validate the teams that thought "Yeah, had a feeling he wouldn't do much. We didn't miss out on anything."
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