Less than a week into training camp the Devils have decided to bring in speedy forward Damien Brunner as an unsigned tryout

Brunner is at the Devils’ preseason opener tonight against the Rangers at Prudential Center. Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello said Brunner will join the team for practice Tuesday.

“It was a long summer but I’m excited to be here now” Brunner said.

The Swiss-born Brunner 27 had 12 goals and 14 assists in 44 games last season with the Detroit Red Wings and added five goals and four assists in 14 playoff contests but was unable to find an NHL team to sign him as an unrestricted free agent this summer.

Lamoriello said he spoke with Brunner’s camp during the summer and it appeared he would be signing to play elsewhere but he let them know if that fell through he could come to camp as a tryout.

“We had inquired about him earlier in the year the way we inquire about all players” Lamoriello said. “We’ve certainly seen him in Detroit and we know a little bit about him from the Swiss league and then we thought he would be signing (with another team). And we thought that through the summer but we said if did not work out we would be very much interested in taking him to camp. When it looked like he hadn’t got a contract we communicated (again) and kept our word and he’s here.”

Brunner said it took some time to come together but he’s happy it did.

“Like I said it was a long summer” Brunner said. “We had some other things going on at the time but we talked early. I knew about the Devils and it all came together finally in the last couple of days.”