Damien Brunner is returning to Switzerland to continue his career. (USATSI)
Damien Brunner is returning to Switzerland to continue his career. (USATSI)

Damien Brunner's time with the New Jersey Devils and in the NHL has, for the time being, come to an end.

After passing through waivers unclaimed, the Devils and Brunner agreed to terminate the remainder of his contract, making Brunner a free agent and able to sign anywhere he wants. It did not take him long to return to his native Switzerland, where he played professionally for six seasons before joining the NHL in 2012-13.

Brunner, 28, appeared in 17 games for the Devils this season and scored two goals to go with five assists after signing a two-year $5 million contract with the team in free agency before the 2013-14 season.

During his three seasons in the NHL with the Red Wings and Devils, Brunner scored 25 goals and added 33 assists in 121 games. His signing with the Red Wings two years ago brought a decent amount of fanfare and after a promising debut season it appeared he was on his way to having a nice career for himself in the NHL. It just never seemed to work out for him in New Jersey.