MORE: BRUNETTE PHOTO GALLERY | BRUNETTE VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS
“Andrew is a consistent offensive performer and an excellent teammate who helped create the culture of our team,” said Risebrough. “We are better, on the ice and in the dressing room, with him back. Not often do you get the chance to correct a mistake.”
Brunette, 34 (8/24/73), played three seasons for the Wild, from 2001-04, accruing 164 points (54-110=164) in 245 games. Brunette ranks third on the team’s all-time assist list, is fifth in points and seventh in goals. The 6-foot-1, 212-pound native of Sudbury, Ont., played with Colorado in 2007-08, totaling 59 points (19-40=59) in 82 games. Brunette is the NHL’s active leader in consecutive games played with 453.
In 788 career NHL games covering 12 seasons with Washington, Nashville, Atlanta, Minnesota and Colorado, Brunette has posted 549 points (191-358=549) and 264 penalty minutes. Brunette served as the Wild’s monthly captain four times during his three-year stay in Minnesota. He scored the game-winning goal in overtime against Colorado in Game 7 of the 2003 Western Conference Quarterfinal. Brunette has 34 career Stanley Cup Playoff points (16-18=34) in 43 games.
Brunette was Washington’s seventh-round pick (No. 174 overall) in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft. As per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.