ST. PAUL, Minn. Andrew Brunette isnt looking at this return to Minnesota as anything special. In fact, as far as hes concerned, hes just ready to get on with the remaining Blackhawks schedule.
Im not overly (excited). Im looking forward to getting this game over with, getting two points and getting out of here, he said Wednesday morning. The first ones never a fun one. I think when we come back the next time itll be a little different. This is not one Ive been looking forward to.
Maybe its all the questions that come when a player faces his former squad. And a lot of players get it, regardless of how much time they spent with a team. Brunette had six seasons with the Wild, broken up into two separate stints (2001-04 and 2008-11).
So Brunette, who will likely start on the Blackhawks checking line with Dave Bolland and Bryan Bickell tonight, will just focus on the game. Brunette has 16 points in 25 career games against the Wild (7 goals, 9 assists). And while Brunette said hes still trying to find his place among the Blackhawks lines, coach Joel Quenneville said hes been an asset.
Hes given us some good experience; hes a good teammate and has good leadership skills. Hes fit in very well with this team, he said. Hes a good guy to have around. As we go along you appreciate his contribution to our team and our team game as well. That was one of our needs in the offseason and he filled that.