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Red Wings abandon Brunner, Cleary; Changes could be in store

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On August 19th it was officially announced that Damien Brunner and Danny Cleary would not be returning to the Detroit Red Wings for the 2013-14 season. Though this was announced it was also announced that Detroit would resign Gustav Nyquist. Signing him means going over cap, which means a change is in store for Detroit.

In his rookie season Damien Brunner had 12 goals, 14 assists, 26 points, 12 PIM, and a +/- of minus-6 in 44 games. Brunner was born in Zurich, Switzerland on March 9, 1986 and was not drafted. He is 5′ 11″, 184 lbs, and shoots right.

Danny Cleary just finished his 8th season with the Red Wings with 9 goals, 6 assists, adn 15 points in 48 games. In his entire career, consisting of 15 seasons with the Blackhawks, Oilers, Coyotes, and Red Wings he totaled 160 goals, 217 assists, 377 points, 455 PIM, and a +/- of plus-21. Cleary was born in Carbonear, Newfoundland, Canada on December 18th, 1978 and drafted 13th overall in the 1997 Entry Level Draft by Chicago.

Over 3 seasons with the Red Wings organization Gustav Nyquist has produced 4 goals, 9 assists, 13 points, 8 PIM, and a +/- of plus-2 in 40 NHL games. He has also played 64 games in the AHL with the Grand Rapids Griffins and amassing 23 goals, 39 assists, 62 points, 20 PIM, and a +/- of plus-8. Nyquist was born in Halmstad, Sweden on September 1st, 1989, making him 3 years younger than Brunner. Nyquist was drafted 121st overall in the 4th round of the 2008 Entry Level Draft by the Red Wings.

What will Detroit do? Will the trade, or do they have something else up their sleeves?

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed!

~Jordan Lowther