DETROIT – With the signings of Daniel Alfredsson and Stephen Weiss the number of forwards under contract for next season continues to grow.
With those numbers at forward it all but means that Daniel Cleary and Damien Brunner won’t be returning.
Wings general manager Ken Holland didn’t close the door on Cleary, but kind of did for Brunner.
“Obviously, the one guy that’s out there is Dan Cleary, I continue to stay in touch with him,” Holland said during a conference call introducing Alfredsson and Weiss. “Damien Brunner I certainly expect he’s going to be moving on to a different situation, but I’ll see what happens with Dan Cleary over the next few hours.”
The Wings have 14 forwards under contract for next season and two others that are restricted free agents – Gustav Nyquist and Joakim Andersson – that will be signed.
Brunner, 27, had his ups and downs last season, but finished with 12 goals and 14 assists in his first season in the league.
He also had five goals and four assists in the playoffs.
Holland also says he’s not sure if they’re done with free agency.
“We obviously are going to have to move a player or two,” Holland said.