July 05 2010 09:36PM
Word tonight (from various sources) that three Edmonton Oilers have filed for salary arbitration; Jeff Deslauriers, Gilbert Brule and JF Jacques.
Brule established himself with a 17-goal season; Deslauriers played in 48 games and survived in front of a very bad hockey club; JF Jacques' filing brings new meaning to the word "gumption."
One of the big stories this summer for Oiler fans will be Brule's contract. Should the club manage a reasonable contract, Brule has a good chance to be one of the members of the "Department of Youth" group up front that will include Taylor Hall, Magnus Paarjavi-Svensson, Jordan Eberle, Sam Gagner and others.
If the contract is too dear, chances are the Oilers will find a way to offload him. History tells us"arbitration filing" is often followed by a trade for Edmonton Oilers players.