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Andrew Brunette not Wild about facing former team

Andrew Brunette.

Andrew Brunette.

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Updated: January 15, 2012 8:19AM

Most players are excited to play against former teams.
Andrew Brunette is the exception.

Brunette will face the Minnesota Wild for the first time after spending the last three seasons (six of the last nine) with Minnesota.

“I’m not excited,” he said Tuesday. “It’s not fun. I don’t think when you play somewhere for so long that it’s one I circle and look forward to. You just kind of want to get it over with, get a win and get the heck out of there.”

Brunette signed a one-year,
$2 million contract with the Hawks after recording 18 goals and 46 points for the Wild last season. The Wild missed the playoffs the last three seasons, but Brunette isn’t surprised by their rise to the top of the league this season.

“They’ve seemed to get back to their way of playing,” Brunette said. “Historically, or since their existence, the staple of their game is a strong, disciplined hard-working system.”

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