Damien Brunner enjoyed his time with the Detroit Red Wings, and they enjoyed employing him. Now the tricky part: What to do for a sequel.

Brunner, 27, is two weeks from becoming an unrestricted free agent. His camp and general manager Ken Holland are working on a contract extension.

Brunner just finished his first season in the NHL, a latecomer to the North American game after playing in his native Switzerland. A lot of teams coveted him last summer, but he picked the Wings partly because he knew, as a rare right-handed shot, he would be almost an automatic on the first or second line.

All went well to start: 10 goals in the first 19 games, playing next to Henrik Zetterberg. Then all went away: two goals the last 25 games, which included a stretch on the sidelines with a sore hip flexor. Then everything came back in the playoffs: five goals in 14 games, the most on the team.

So what salary and what term is Brunner worth? It’s tricky, because who is he — the dynamo of the first half of the season or the guy who struggled in the second half? Brunner doesn’t kill penalties, and he doesn’t go into corners and doesn’t forecheck — his forté is scoring goals.