The closest player to signing with New Jersey is Damien Brunner, but the deal is currently in a holding pattern.
Shortly after Ilya Kovalchuk announced his retirement from the NHL, the Devils were reportedly close to signing a two-year deal worth $6 million. However, that rumor came four days ago and the Devils have yet to announce anything finalized.
Rumors are rumors, and it was expected that fans would jump the gun with any new player once the Devils lost Kovalchuk. Tom Gulitti, the Devils beat writer for The Record, spoke with Brunner's agent and was told nothing was imminent on July 15.
I fear that if the Devils finalize the deal this week, they will be overpaying a forward who really only has a half of a season of NHL experience under his belt. Yes, he tore up the Swiss League, averaging nearly 50 points a season, but you can't base your signings on a different league.
You can also argue that he was one of the Red Wings' best players in the playoffs, recording five goals in 14 games, but should the Devils throw money at a guy who hasn't even proven himself over a full NHL season? Ask the Rangers about Gomez.
I do believe Brunner has tremendous upside. He certainly has the skill to play in the NHL, but he is also 27 years old and hasn't proven anything other than last season.
There is no doubt that he will slide into the top six right away in New Jersey, and he will benefit from playing with Elias and Zajac, but I still say the Devils should proceed with caution.
A lot of people believed the Devils overpaid for Ryane Clowe, but I still think there is more risk with a Brunner signing if it is in fact all but finalized.
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