Brunner was invited to Devils training camp on a professional tryout and had two assists playing on a line with Patrik Elias and Jacob Josefson in the Devils' preseason win against the New York Islanders last Saturday at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
"He came to camp without a contract and showed us what he can do," Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello said.
The Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday trimmed five players from their training camp roster.
Among those leaving the club is defenseman Joshua Morrissey, the team's first-round pick (No. 13) at the 2013 NHL Draft. He was returned to his junior team, the Prince Albert Raiders of the Western Hockey League.
The Anaheim Ducks trimmed their roster to 35 players Monday night, sending six players to the Norfolk Admirals in the American Hockey League.
Among those demoted were goaltender John Gibson, the club’s second-round pick (No. 39) in 2011. Gibson went 17-9-1 with a 2.41 goals-against average and .928 save percentage in 27 games for the Kitchener Rangers in the Ontario Hockey League last season.
San Jose Sharks forward Raffi Torres will be sidelined for a minimum of six weeks with what general manager Doug Wilson said Monday was an issues with the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.
The immediate plan is to wait until the swelling goes down to determine the extent of the damage and whether Torres needs surgery or rest. If surgery is required, Torres will be out between three and four months.
The old saying in hockey is 'weather the storm.' I put the notion in their heads that we don't want to weather the storm, we want to push just as hard and matched their work ethic. I thought our guys exceeded that in the first period.
— Edmonton Oilers coach Dallas Eakins after their loss to the Nashville Predators on Thursday