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Damien Brunner unsure if he’ll return to the Red Wings next season

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Updated: June 5, 2013

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Unlike many other second year NHL players, Red Wings forward Damien Brunner is in an unusual situation as he’ll be an unrestricted free agent this summer.

Brunner, 27 was signed prior to the lockout shortened season this past year and proceeded to score 26 points in 44 regular season games and nine points in 14 playoff match ups for the Red Wings.

However in an interview with The Oakland Press, Brunner was non-committal in a return to Detroit seemingly wanting to keep his options open.

“It’s hard for me to say,” Brunner said. “We’ll see what’s coming. I’m excited about talking to them about my future.”

Still though the Red Wings appeared to make an good first impression with Brunner who praised the organization on how they conducted themselves.

“I can’t say anything bad about the Detroit Red Wings,” Brunner continued. “It’s a first-class organization. It was a big honor to wear that sweater. I’m looking forward to the next weeks. It’s going to be decision time, but I think it’ll be a good time as well.”

Obviously much like Brunner himself the Wings will have some decisions to make when it comes to the Swiss forward. Despite starting the season very strong Brunner trailed off a bit towards the end sometimes finding himself as a healthy scratch. The Wings may opt to use money to find a more established NHL scorer this offseason which would appear to be one of the bigger needs for the team entering next year. Not to mention the team will also have to determine what will be done with other free agents such as Valtteri Filppula, Gustav Nyquist, Drew Miller and Danny Cleary.

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