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from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,
Gilbert Brule will in fact be getting that second chance at the NHL he was hoping for when training camp opens next month.
The former Vancouver Giants star has confirmed earlier rumblings that he has signed a professional tryout agreement with the Phoenix Coyotes, the team to which he was slated to return at the conclusion of last season’s lockout. But things had not gone well for Brule while he was playing under former Vancouver Canucks coach Marc Crawford in Zurich of the Swiss league at the outset of last season and, of course, before that, as earlier reported in The Province. Brule stepped away from hockey to get his life in order.
from Tony Gallagher of the Vanvouver Province,
Brule was drafted sixth overall by the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2005, but they dealt him to Edmonton after 2½ disappointing seasons. And the young man who was once tabbed to be a multimillion-dollar superstar in the NHL soon found himself out of the league after the Oilers also cut him loose following three mostly unproductive seasons.
But Brule says there were reasons he hadn’t built on his 2009-10 season, when he scored a career-high 17 goals and 37 points in just 65 games with Edmonton.
Brule was depressed about his fractured relationship with his father, Chris Brule — a man, who until recently, had been heavily involved in his son’s career, even long before he became a star with the Giants.
The medications Gilbert was on seemed to exacerbate the problem.
Brule says he entrusted his father with the care of the money he had worked so hard for, with the understanding that he was building a company for him.
Instead, he says his dad was doing something else with the money, something that ended poorly.
GLENDALE, ARIZONA—- Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today the Coyotes have claimed center Gilbert Brule off re-entry waivers from the Edmonton Oilers.
The 5-foot-11, 174 pound Brule has recorded 8-10-18 in 27 games this season with the Oklahoma City Barons, the Oilers American Hockey League. In 2010-11, the Edmonton, Alberta native appeared in 41 games with the Oilers, registering 7-2-9 and 41 penalty minutes (PIM).
In 263 career NHL games with the Oilers and Columbus Blue Jackets, the 25-year-old Brule has recorded 38-43-81. He set career highs in goals (17), assists (20), points (37), power play goals (2) and game-winning goals (3) with Edmonton during the 2009-10 season.
Brule was originally drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the first round (sixth overall) in the 2005 Entry Draft.
The Coyotes also announced that center Boyd Gordon has been activated off Injured Reserve. Gordon missed seven games with a lower-body injury.
I’m ever so grateful. I’ve decided that I want to be Gilbert Brule.
-Bono of U2. Why? read on...
From Jim Matheson at the Edmonton Journal:
Edmonton Oilers’ winger Gilbert Brule, who has scored in the last two games, won’t play against the almost unbeatable Vancouver Canucks Friday night after being injured in the Oilers 2-1 win over the New York Islanders Thursday at Rexall Place.
“He’s got a bruised abdomen or chest. He’s had some tests and we anticipate everything will be fine. I haven’t looked at the video to know what play it was, but there was contact with somebody,” said Oilers coach Tom Renney.
Brule, who didn’t play here on Boxing Day either because of a stomach virus, played almost 13 minutes over 21 shifts as the Oilers ended a seven-game losing streak against the Islanders. That included five minutes in the final period, on a line with Andrew Cogliano and Dustin Penner. He banged a loose puck past Islanders’ goalie Nathan Lawson 3 1/2 minutes into the game. But, he won’t play tonight against the Canucks, who haven’t lost a game in regulation in their last 14 starts.
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Jonathan Ericsson did last night when he tangled with Gilbert Brule.
Edmonton - General Manager Steve Tambellini announced today the Edmonton Oilers have agreed to terms with centre Gilbert Brule on a two-year contract.
Brule, 23, had 37 points (17G, 20A) in 65 games with the Oilers. He finished fourth in team scoring, second in goals and tied for first in game-wining goals with three.
“Gilbert made a big step last year in his development,” said Tambellini. “We are excited to have him here in Edmonton and look forward to his continued contribution to the team.”
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
He has four points in his last two games, and 17 in 24 games, only playing 14 minutes a night. All seven of his goals have been scored at even-strength. He has 15 five-on-five points. Only Penner has more, with 19.
Of players taking at least 150 faceoffs, 22-year-old Brule is the only Oiler over 50 per cent (51.8). He has the best shooting percentage of players with at least 30 shots (17.9 per cent).
“You always encourage guys to develop themselves to the point where they rise up in importance on their team unit,” said Oilers head coach Pat Quinn. “He’s a young guy we’re pushing for. He’s got lots to learn, and if he continues to work ... and he’s an attentive player, he’s got a chance to be a good player in this league for a long time.”
from Derek Van Diest of the Edmonton Sun,
There was a time when it was uncertain whether Gilbert Brule would be able to find a place on the Edmonton Oilers roster.
Now seven games into the regular season, there’s little doubt the local product is here to stay….
Now Brule is showing off the offensive ability that made him the sixth overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. The two goals last night give him seven points on the season.
“I think each game I’m feeling more confident and comfortable out there, no matter who I’m playing with,” Brule said. “I think I just have to play my game and be more responsible in my own end of the ice.
“I think the coaches are putting a lot of trust in me and I’m playing a lot. That’s what I need, I thrive off that and I just want to get going, get in the game and that’s what helps me.”
from Ian MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun,
The good news is Jannik Hansen won the fight. The bad news is he could be lost for 4-6 weeks or longer with a broken hand.
The worst part is the regular season starts Thursday.
Hansen’s right hand was grotesquely misshapen after a fight with former Vancouver Giants’ junior Gilbert Brule during the Canucks’ 5-4 pre-season overtime loss Sunday against the Edmonton Oilers.
“Obviously, it’s not very good timing,” Hansen said. “It’s very swollen. I’m not quite sure how bad it is.”
continued and watch the fight below…
from Robin Brownlee at MetroNews,
Of all the questionable decisions the Edmonton Oilers have made with players this season, the handling of Gilbert Brule ranks up there in terms of head-scratchers.
Brule played his 152nd NHL game against St. Louis last night, meaning he is just eight games from having to clear waivers to move between Edmonton’s roster and the minors.
You’d think, seeing as Edmonton traded Raffi Torres to Columbus to get the talented speedster, there’d be some sense of urgency in wanting to assess Brule before that 160-game mark to see if he’s in the plans.
But there was Brule last night, stuck on the fourth line with Kyle Brodziak and Steve MacIntyre while Liam Reddox played alongside Dustin Penner and Shawn Horcoff.
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
Gilbert Brule is out on parole.
The Edmonton Oilers farmhand was slapped with a four-game American Hockey League suspension for a hit from behind on Lowell defenceman Matthew Corrente on Wednesday, but he’ll be able to play tonight against the San Jose Sharks after his call-up from the AHL’s Springfield Falcons.
Suspensions from the AHL don’t necessarily travel to the NHL, so Brule will play his first Oilers game, likely on the fourth line, after he was summoned Friday when Sam Gagner came down with concussion-like symptoms after taking an elbow in the head in a Dallas Stars’ game Wednesday.
“It’s up to the league whether they will allow a player to play if he has a suspension somewhere else,” said Oilers assistant GM Rick Olczyk, indicating it’s a case-by-case basis.
Sources tell TSN the Edmonton Oilers have traded forward Raffi Torres to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Gilbert Brule. Details to follow..
Update 11:36am ET: TSN,
The Edmonton Oilers have created some financial flexibility by dealing hard-hitting left winger Raffi Torres to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for 21-year-old centre Gilbert Brule.
via the Columbus Blue Jackets,
The Columbus Blue Jackets have recalled center Gilbert Brule from the Syracuse Crunch, Columbus’ American Hockey League affiliate, club General Manager Scott Howson announced today. He is expected to join the club in time for Thursday’s road game against the Nashville Predators.
Since being assigned to the Crunch on January 1, he has collected 4-4-8 and 16 penalty minutes in 12 AHL contests
via the Columbus Blue Jackets,
The Columbus Blue Jackets have assigned center Gilbert Brule to the Syracuse Crunch, Columbus’ American Hockey League affiliate, club General Manager Scott Howson announced today.
Brule, 21, has appeared in 31 games with the Blue Jackets this season, tallying one goal and three assists for four point with 10 penalty minutes and a +1 plus/minus rating. Columbus’ first pick, sixth overall, in the 2005 Entry Draft, he has registered 12-15-27 and 38 penalty minutes in 116 career NHL games