According to reports, Fabian Brunnstrom – widely considered the best non-draft-eligable player outside the NHL – was in Dallas Tuesday night, taking in the Stars-Sharks game and contemplating heading to the Lone Star State for the 2008-09 season.
Brunnstrom is said to be in North America making the rounds of teams he’s interested in playing for. Word has it the Vancouver Canucks had the inside track on signing the 23-year-old late-bloomer, but the firing of GM Dave Nonis nixed the deal.
THN.com reported last week that Brunnstrom’s agent, J.P. Barry, was accepting one-page proposals from any NHL teams interested in signing the Swede. The Brunnstrom camp would then narrow the list of suitors to five and begin the negotiation process.
Brunnstrom first came to the attention of the larger hockey world in late November when THN senior writer Ken Campbell wrote a story quoting one NHL GM who said every team in the league was interested in the Swedish forward, who was playing for Farjestads in the Swedish Elite League at the time.
Detroit, Montreal and Toronto are all rumored to be on Brunnstrom’s radar, with playing time weighing heavily on his decision.