Damien Brunner debuted in the NHL last season after coming over from Switzerland and showed he could score goals with the best of them. While he showed he can stick, no one’s snagged him yet this summer. Could he be headed back for Europe? Not so says his agent.
In an email correspondence with a Swiss paper (via George Malik), Brunner’s agent, Neil Sheehy, says any talk of his client turning down big money from Detroit or returning to Europe is false. (Poor translation ahead)
“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,” Sheehy said.
Sheehy went on to say that Brunner enjoyed his time in Detroit but they’re going to wait it out for the right opportunity. Where that opportunity winds up being remains to be seen.
Goals are in demand but Brunner’s one shortened season in the NHL may be causing teams to pause on how much to pay up for him.
Lubomir Visnovsky’s saga with the New York Islanders has taken yet another crazy twist.
Arthur Staple of New York Newsday reports the team booked a flight out of Slovakia for the offensive defense to head to Long Island and take his physical with the team. The problem? Visnovsky didn’t get on the plane.
This latest development only comes days after his agent, Neil Sheehy, said he’d play for the Islanders if he had to thanks to the KHL and NHL respecting one another’s contracts.
If it were up to Visnovsky, he’d stay in Slovakia with his family and continue to play for his KHL squad. The Isles would much rather have him fulfill his NHL contract after trading for him this summer. One way or another, this situation is headed for an awkward solution of one kind or another but this latest twist was summed up rather well by Staple.
Lubomir Visnovsky may not want to play for the Islanders, but he might wind up being forced to report to the team. If that’s the way it has to be, his agent says that’s fine by him.
Arthur Staple of Newsday hears from Visnovsky’s agent Neil Sheehy about the curious situation and finds out if he has to go to Long Island, he’ll be there.
“His preference is stay in Bratislava, but if the KHL says he can’t play there, he’ll come and play for the Islanders,” Sheehy says.
The KHL has said they’ll honor all NHL contracts, yet KHL president Alexander Medvedev said they would challenge any deals thanks to the new CBA. Meanwhile, we’re left to wonder why Visnovsky wants to stay in a league where he really dislikes the officiating. It can’t be that bad on Long Island… Can it?
Another member of the Flyers is off to Europe for the lockout.
ESPN.com’s Pierre LeBrun reports Matt Read will take his speedy talents to Sweden and play for Sodertalje during the lockout. Read’s agent Neil Sheehy confirmed the signing.
Read burst onto the scene last season as an undrafted forward out of Bemidji State College scoring 24 goals and adding 23 assists for Philadelphia. Read was able to do his damage playing just over 17 minutes a game and giving the Flyers tremendous depth help.
Read joins a growing list of Flyers players abroad but by going to Sweden he’s taking a different route as Wayne Simmonds, Danny Briere, and Claude Giroux all landed in Germany.
The wait to see who Ryan Suter will sign with will come to an end today.
Paul Ostby, an agent with Sheehy Hockey — Suter’s agency — tweets their client will be making a decision today.
It’s believed Detroit, Minnesota, and Pittsburgh are the front-runners to land Suter. Speculation this morning from Michael Russo of The Star-Tribune has Minnesota looking like the final choice,with Zach Parise potentially joining him.