GILBERT BRULE: ENCORE?

Robin Brownlee
July 16 2013 11:57PM

I'm not so sure we saw anything resembling the best of Gilbert Brule, the person or the hockey player, during his first tour with the Edmonton Oilers. I find myself wondering if he might be worth a second look now.

I'm contemplating that possibility after reading a piece by Vancouver Province columnist Tony Gallagher today. I always liked the kid, even though he wasn't right and didn't show us enough to stay during his first stop with the Oilers, so I'm hardly impartial on the subject.

Now, having battled depression and a difficult relationship with his father and still only 26, the former Vancouver Giant apparently has his head on straight and is looking to get back into the NHL, where he belongs.

The Vancouver Canucks might be interested in Brule, and I'd suggest the Oilers should be, too. What's the downside of offering Brule a professional tryout before training camp rolls around? There isn’t one.

ON THE COMEBACK

Brule played 117 games with the Oilers from 2008-09 to 2010-11, tallying 26-23-49. His best stretch came in 2009-10, when he scored 17-20-37 in 65 games. That season was seen by some, including me, as his breakthrough year.

It wasn't to be. Burdened by depression and the fractious relationship with his dad, Brule, who was the sixth overall pick by Columbus in the 2005 Entry Draft, instead faded away.

"I went to see a therapist, who prescribed temporary medication, and I really don’t believe in taking drugs for a problem like that," Brule told Gallagher.

"I thought it should have been dealt with in a different way. But the Oilers wanted me back on the ice as soon as possible. It’s a business and I understand that, and I’m not trying to throw the Oilers under the bus; they reacted as any team would and should.

"But the medication didn’t make me better, it made it worse. And all the while I was trying to play through this. Now I’ve talked those issues through, my head is clear, I feel good. It’s actually fun again to be on the ice. That’s the thing with my father. I’m really happy and grateful that he got me into hockey, it’s just that any regular relationship with him while I’m playing isn’t going to work."

A FIT HERE?

I hope Brule gets another chance somewhere in the NHL, and I'd be happy to see him get it here. He's one of the most decent young men you'll ever come across and, like I said, I'm not exactly unbiased on the subject.

That said, being a "good guy" doesn't necessarily make him a fit with the Oilers. I can't help but think, though, that the physical edge Brule plays with for an undersized player and his offensive ability as a secondary scorer makes him a candidate for this line-up.

It would certainly provide Oiler fans with a feel-good story to see the kid back in town. More important, though, he might provide the Oilers with a third-line option they don't have now. I wonder, might GM Craig MacTavish might be contemplating the same thing?

The Oilers, after all, have taken longer shots where reclamation projects are concerned, no?

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#1 bazmagoo
July 17 2013, 01:34AM
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Bono approves.

It's a great trend to see more and more people trying to work their way through personal issues instead of tossing pharms down their throat. They have their time and place in relation to depression, but personally I believe they are absolutely a band-aid and not the cure.

If Brule would accept a two way contract, then I'd be on board. Not otherwise. He'd be worth a camp tryout though I suppose. Would rather go with Lander, and that ain't saying much.

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#2 oilbaron
July 17 2013, 08:13AM
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madjam wrote:

Time to focus on a major difference makers or two like Kopitar ,Thornton, Ovie , Crosby , Malkin ,Chara , Datsyuk , Zetterburg ,Subban , Weber ,etc.. Crazy , costly ? Start by making a down payment of two of our fab 5 and I doubt they wouldn't be interested . Now that's being bold . More than one way "to skin a cat " .

Please don't ever run my hockey team

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#3 Jason
July 17 2013, 12:31AM
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I'm with you Robin... I've always thought Gilbert Brule was an outstanding person and class act. I'd love to see him rebuilt his career, and if that's with the Oilers, that would be even better.

The difference from last time is that when we traded for him, we wanted him to be a Top-6 forward. I don't think that's what we're looking for this time around. If he can be a 4C that can provide some support for Gordon, can play physical and chip in some occasional offense, that's exactly the type of player we can use.

I'd love to see him get a shot, and if he does, I'll be cheering hard for him.

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#4 Mr common sense
July 17 2013, 01:42AM
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Rumour is Kyle Clifford is being shopped, someone write an article about this. He is the PERFECT addition to Edm, a relentless, tough s.o.b for the 3 rd line, go get him MacT!!!!

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#5 EHH Team
July 17 2013, 10:31AM
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madjam wrote:

I think your missing my point . Clarification : Proven elite talent vs . potential elite talent often a risk worth taken . How much in draft picks that might have been potential elites did we give up for Pronger i'm not sure .

Oilers traded Eric Brewer, Doug Lynch and Jeff Woywitka for Pronger. The trade didn't include any draft picks. If the Oilers had had to give up any of their best forwards at the time (Hemsky, Smyth or Horcoff), they would not have made the play-offs, much less advance to the finals.

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#6 Clyde Frog
July 17 2013, 11:16AM
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EHH Team wrote:

Oilers traded Eric Brewer, Doug Lynch and Jeff Woywitka for Pronger. The trade didn't include any draft picks. If the Oilers had had to give up any of their best forwards at the time (Hemsky, Smyth or Horcoff), they would not have made the play-offs, much less advance to the finals.

Your missing the point...

Madjam likes to rattle the chain! He has said it is his job or something as a blogger...

Long story short, he is a troll; you are feeding him; ignore him and the only outcome is he continues living in his armchair GM world fueled by all the trades he makes in NHL 2012..

If you want proof how useless his speculation is google Madjam 2010, 2011 or 2012 and see the glory that is what madjam spews forth onto the internet.

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#7 John
July 17 2013, 12:39PM
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Clyde Frog wrote:

Your missing the point...

Madjam likes to rattle the chain! He has said it is his job or something as a blogger...

Long story short, he is a troll; you are feeding him; ignore him and the only outcome is he continues living in his armchair GM world fueled by all the trades he makes in NHL 2012..

If you want proof how useless his speculation is google Madjam 2010, 2011 or 2012 and see the glory that is what madjam spews forth onto the internet.

+1

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#8 John
July 17 2013, 02:57PM
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madjam wrote:

I'm impressed , and rather shocked anyone would do such a crazy thing as to check 3 years back . Had no idea it even existed . Do you do this for media as well when you disagree ? If you enjoyed the 3 year search you might be equally impressed of 3 years before that on The Score . Do you do this for all bloggers you disagee with ? By the way I have never played any NHL bought game . Still pretty good at the table game , however . Wow - why would anyone want to do research like that ?

I assume you meant to reply to Clyde Frog and not me seeing as I didn't mention any of that, but I'll provide you with a response.

I doubt Clyde compares you to the media. He clearly compares you to trolls like DSF. I will agree that you probably only troll on 50% of your posts so Clyde might be giving you too hard of a time. However, if you want to post your opinion (what others might view as stupid or trolling) you will have to deal with the backlash.

You are perfectly entitled to voice your opinion but if you can't see why others have a problem with it then you might want to re-examination some of your comments.

I doubt its that hard to google your name and find posts that you have written in the past so it probably isn't that much research.

P.S. settle down

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#9 6 ring circus
July 17 2013, 12:11AM
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Sather was always willing to give someone a second chance,Even Mac T got one and he made good on his opportunity,I think it wouldn't hurt to bring Brule back and who knows, it might be a win win for everyone involved.

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#10 Walter Sobchak
July 17 2013, 12:12AM
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Good read Brownlee.

I'm not sure where a Brule should/could fit in the line up? Having said that, I wish the kid all the best.

I have know idea what kind of hell that kid has had to go through, but I hope he comes out on the other side stronger and better then ever.

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#11 kgo
July 17 2013, 12:31AM
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At the very least it takes away some of Gagner's bargaining power.

I suspect we will sign him or Grabo before the arbitration hearing for this reason

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#12 jonnyquixote
July 17 2013, 12:56AM
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@kgo

The only thing signing Grabovski will do for Gagner's bargaining power is give a new comparable for the arbitrator to work with. (Brule won't do anything).

At this point, "team need" doesn't really do much for Gagner's bargaining power. He's got arbitration, which guarantees him a contract next year. And then he's looking at Unrestricted Free Agency as the youngest true UFA in NHL history.

Signing Brule won't change anything about that.

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#13 Mr common sense
July 17 2013, 01:14AM
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He would be a good 4th line C option, can skate, cycle and had a nice shot, next to smythe and brown, I like that look, def upgrade to current situation.

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#14 bazmagoo
July 17 2013, 01:41AM
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@jonnyquixote

"At this point, "team need" doesn't really do much for Gagner's bargaining power. He's got arbitration, which guarantees him a contract next year. And then he's looking at Unrestricted Free Agency as the youngest true UFA in NHL history."

Part of me would like to see the Oilers end up with a 1 year deal for Sam as opposed a long term deal. Sam is a hell of a player, but I just don't think there is any chance he's better than our 4 best forwards moving forward. We can't really afford to have $5 million tied up in a non-core player imo, with the salary cap.

If he slotted in at around $4 million I'd sign him for 5 years, but not more money than that. If he wants to grow with the current crop of talent on our team, then realistically he should take a home team discount if he wants a long term deal. Brian Bickell is a good example for Sammy.

Does anyone really think Sam is going to get more money going UFA next season then he will now?

I don't.

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#15 Next up, is Connor McJesus.
July 17 2013, 03:38AM
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Dustin Penner would've been a better 3rd line option over Brule. But this is Edmonton after all, need no barrels bottom go unchecked for bargains.

With Lombardi bringing in Carcillo, sure looks like he's wanting to create a market for Clifford. I wouldn't stop at just Clifford though, maybe something could be done and MacTavish could get his hands on that late bloomer Muzzin kid as well. Oilers could use their own Yandle type on the blueline.

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#16 RJ
July 17 2013, 03:51AM
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bazmagoo wrote:

"At this point, "team need" doesn't really do much for Gagner's bargaining power. He's got arbitration, which guarantees him a contract next year. And then he's looking at Unrestricted Free Agency as the youngest true UFA in NHL history."

Part of me would like to see the Oilers end up with a 1 year deal for Sam as opposed a long term deal. Sam is a hell of a player, but I just don't think there is any chance he's better than our 4 best forwards moving forward. We can't really afford to have $5 million tied up in a non-core player imo, with the salary cap.

If he slotted in at around $4 million I'd sign him for 5 years, but not more money than that. If he wants to grow with the current crop of talent on our team, then realistically he should take a home team discount if he wants a long term deal. Brian Bickell is a good example for Sammy.

Does anyone really think Sam is going to get more money going UFA next season then he will now?

I don't.

Respectfully, I'd have to disagree.

His last three seasons, he had 0.62, 0.63 and 0.79 ppg.

This season he is slotted to play with Perron and Yakupov. It wouldn't be unreasonable to expect that he match or beat his ppg from last season. Let's say he has a small increase from 0.79 to 0.85 ppg. That puts him at approximately 70 points for the season.

GMs offer crazy money in free agency, and a 24 year old UFA who scores nearly a point per game is not going to get paid? If you signed Sam to a six-year deal, he'd be only 30 when the deal expires?

If Sam wants to stay in Edmonton for a team friendly rate, he will do that. But if he wants to chase the biggest long-term contract he can find, he'll get paid. Whether or not the team signing him will get good value on that contract is a separate question altogether.

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#17 Next up, is Connor McJesus.
July 17 2013, 04:01AM
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Cue the, i'm like Shawn Horcoff, only better comparisons come Monday. Both have huge holes in their game. Outside of Sams better offensive numbers, their statistical differences are minimal. If Horc is a 5.5 player, then Gagner sure looks like the Oilers new 7.5 per yr 2nd/3rd line center.

Bitten arse>Oilers.

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#18 Cody anderson
July 17 2013, 06:19AM
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I would prefer they trade Gags over signing him to much more than 4.5 million per year. If he is not willing to sign long term with the Oil at a reasonable rate then we should take what we can get for him.

Make no mistake, he would get paid well if he goes UFA next year. Even if he matched last year he would get 5.5 or higher and having a full season with the best players he has ever played with he is likely to put up lopsided numbers.

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#19 SteveO
July 17 2013, 06:38AM
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Give me a break! Another smaller forward with grit comparable to Gagner and we should sign him? No way, Brule does not make this team harder to play against! At the rate these local media types are going and suggesting that we should bring in recycled Oilers, who is next? Robert Nilsson? Grebeshkov? Get rid of the idea of bringing in old news and actually fill the holes that are in this lineup!!!!!! We need size and toughness in the bottom 6. This team is soft as butter and cant wait to watch them fail again and be nowhere near playoffs by December! Good ole sideshow Bob and his minion Millhouse are already softening us to the idea thats gonna happen with comments like its gonna take 2-3 months for the players to gel and get to know the whole system and each other. Another top ten pick next summer!!!!!!

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#20 Senhor
July 17 2013, 07:01AM
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What is Kelly buchberger''s responsibility? No writers here, or radio types have ever said if in fact they know. And it's not a big deal, but wouldn't if have been better that Eakins brought in at least one more of "his" guys besides Acton. (Assuming Acton was an Eakins hire).

And "No" to Brule.

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#21 Edsez
July 17 2013, 07:04AM
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there's no harm to a tryout but I would temper any expectations of him earning a spot other than in OK

there's far better candidates for that bottom 6 utility guy in Steckel & Wellwood, etc that MaxT should be looking at

I'm not sure whether to be discouraged or encouraged by the lack of chatter about the Oilers talking to anybody as the deals you hear about are the ones least likely to happen

I'm with you Quicksilver ........ @ $2 mil I would have been very happy with a 3rd line of Gordon-Hemsky-Penner

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#22 BArmstrong
July 17 2013, 07:11AM
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@Edsez

Except that Edmonton isn't in California - I think it costs considerably more to sign Penner (and his wife) to a deal in the snow.

Get Clifford, sign Brule to a two-way, and sign Steckel - better to have some options at C - especially with Sam unsigned.

How many contracts we at?

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#23 K_Mart
July 17 2013, 07:16AM
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Most likely an upgrade on Lander. And as the picture said, everyone deserves a second chance.

MacT got one, maybe he will do the same for Brule.

I always liked his style of play and I hope he makes good on whatever opportunity presents itself.

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#24 madjam
July 17 2013, 07:18AM
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Now MacT. has done his window,goodwill and discount shopping ,time to focus on major purchases . You get what you pay for . Time to get out of the recycle bin .

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#25 tapdog
July 17 2013, 07:19AM
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Cody anderson wrote:

I would prefer they trade Gags over signing him to much more than 4.5 million per year. If he is not willing to sign long term with the Oil at a reasonable rate then we should take what we can get for him.

Make no mistake, he would get paid well if he goes UFA next year. Even if he matched last year he would get 5.5 or higher and having a full season with the best players he has ever played with he is likely to put up lopsided numbers.

I prefer they move him as well but his value is only set to decease come Monday. The Oil should look to clear him out before the arbitration hearing. Once that one year deal goes through each second that clock ticks his value in trade diminishes.

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#26 K_Mart
July 17 2013, 07:21AM
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SteveO wrote:

Give me a break! Another smaller forward with grit comparable to Gagner and we should sign him? No way, Brule does not make this team harder to play against! At the rate these local media types are going and suggesting that we should bring in recycled Oilers, who is next? Robert Nilsson? Grebeshkov? Get rid of the idea of bringing in old news and actually fill the holes that are in this lineup!!!!!! We need size and toughness in the bottom 6. This team is soft as butter and cant wait to watch them fail again and be nowhere near playoffs by December! Good ole sideshow Bob and his minion Millhouse are already softening us to the idea thats gonna happen with comments like its gonna take 2-3 months for the players to gel and get to know the whole system and each other. Another top ten pick next summer!!!!!!

There's no harm in giving him a tryout. He's much more physical and, on the ice, he definitely had the 'doesnt quit' factor that Horcoff was talking about.

Sometimes a second chance is exactly what a person needs to turn everything around, and that could be good news for whichever team gives him that chance.

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#27 tapdog
July 17 2013, 07:21AM
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BArmstrong wrote:

Except that Edmonton isn't in California - I think it costs considerably more to sign Penner (and his wife) to a deal in the snow.

Get Clifford, sign Brule to a two-way, and sign Steckel - better to have some options at C - especially with Sam unsigned.

How many contracts we at?

I believe the Oilers are sitting at 46 contracts, I am sure RB can confirm that.

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#28 K_Mart
July 17 2013, 07:26AM
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RJ wrote:

Respectfully, I'd have to disagree.

His last three seasons, he had 0.62, 0.63 and 0.79 ppg.

This season he is slotted to play with Perron and Yakupov. It wouldn't be unreasonable to expect that he match or beat his ppg from last season. Let's say he has a small increase from 0.79 to 0.85 ppg. That puts him at approximately 70 points for the season.

GMs offer crazy money in free agency, and a 24 year old UFA who scores nearly a point per game is not going to get paid? If you signed Sam to a six-year deal, he'd be only 30 when the deal expires?

If Sam wants to stay in Edmonton for a team friendly rate, he will do that. But if he wants to chase the biggest long-term contract he can find, he'll get paid. Whether or not the team signing him will get good value on that contract is a separate question altogether.

It wouldn't be unreasonable, but it would be unlikely(to see his PPG go up from last year). Despite having another good wing option in Perron, I always bet on 'regression to the mean'.

I'd expect a .63-.66ppg season and 70-75gp. A 50pt season for Gagner(a career high) is reasonable.

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#29 RexLibris
July 17 2013, 07:27AM
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I'd consider him for the 4th line center position on a one-year deal. It lets the Oilers sit Lander in OKC for another year and helps Brule get his feet back under him.

Next season he can use that experience to garner a better position with (likely) another team and the Oilers could promote Lander if it looks like he is ready.

It has been mentioned that coaches will defer to experience when offered the choice, and Brule, for all his perceived deficiencies, does have plenty of NHL experience.

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#30 15w40
July 17 2013, 07:32AM
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I would say Brule is definitely worth a tryout flyer. It's not like the organization is flush with centres. Based on the quick 30 second research I did, Brule's last season's FO% was almost 50% - that's darn near all star status in Edmonton.

He may not want to attempt the resurrection of his career in this fish bowl however and there were some inferences in the article about how the Oilers handled his situation that weren't the most positive.

Also get the distinct feeling that he is not wanting to commit to being a 4th line plug either. He still thinks he has some offensive attributes that he can contribute.

Not exactly the same situation but he could become another Dan Cleary and carve himself out a very solid career - he's still only 26.

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#31 madjam
July 17 2013, 07:49AM
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Time to focus on a major difference makers or two like Kopitar ,Thornton, Ovie , Crosby , Malkin ,Chara , Datsyuk , Zetterburg ,Subban , Weber ,etc.. Crazy , costly ? Start by making a down payment of two of our fab 5 and I doubt they wouldn't be interested . Now that's being bold . More than one way "to skin a cat " .

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#32 oilbaron
July 17 2013, 08:11AM
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http://www.theprovince.com/sports/hockey/canucks-hockey/resurrection+Gilbert+Brule/8668967/story.html

Gives a little more insight. IMO Brule doesn't exactly sound too pumped about Edmonton, but in this interview he did mention how teams forget he has "skill"... you know mac-t heard that

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#33 Smokey
July 17 2013, 08:24AM
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Happy to hear Gilbert is doing well.

The reason this is being discussed is that MacT either pooped the bed not signing good, affordable UFA bargains, in order to sign the Marlie All-Stars and the swiss cheeze bottom 6 of waiver wire additions, AHL vets, Islander castaways, and past thier due date stars are a real concern. The one thing the botttom six misses is a reclaimation prodject.

Af this point I see no harm in a TO. A bad Brule is a world better then Lander who needs to develop a scoring touch and work on his skating.

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#34 Oiler Al
July 17 2013, 08:28AM
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PLease team needs some size and toughness on the bottom six....go get Clifford already. If MacT cant attract a player like Clifford then this team has some issues in attracting players.

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#35 Archaeologuy
July 17 2013, 08:31AM
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I would be happy for him to play the 4th line and move his way up if he's actually capable.

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#36 CaptainLander
July 17 2013, 08:43AM
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I have question. Do you think the Canadian Olympic Team would beat Chicago or Boston? Does the balance of toughness, skill and character players actually make a better team then just having all of the top skill? I have often wonder that.

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#37 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
July 17 2013, 08:44AM
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http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=-TcPk4kQGAA

There's Brule annihilating Letang. If he could bring that kind of edge every night, sign me up. A 1 year, 2-way please.

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#38 madjam
July 17 2013, 09:12AM
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oilbaron wrote:

Please don't ever run my hockey team

Last time we made a purchase of a major talent got us a trip to Stanley Cup finals as most recall . The only time in the last 2 decades . Take Hopkins and J.Schultz just as an example only . Cost to resign the two of them might run 10-12M . Might the other elite young talent be better served with as an example - Malkin , Weber or Ovechkin ? Those types we don't have to wait for unknown development to see if they are going to be elite stars . Hall is tettering on elite status , but the other four are still questionable as to whether they will reach top elite level .

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#39 Ron Burgundy
July 17 2013, 09:12AM
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tapdog wrote:

I believe the Oilers are sitting at 46 contracts, I am sure RB can confirm that.

Capgeek says 43 contracts, plus 3 RFA (Gagner, Fedun, Tyravainen). We have also not signed any of this years draft crop. I think teams have 2 years to do that, but we can assume that at least Nurse will get a contract this year, and probably Roy, so that takes us to 48.

Brule would be a good story, but we don't have a lot of wiggle room to take flyers IMO. Probably also explains why MacT is suggesting he's pretty much done and/or why we aren't signing more UFAs for the bottom 6.

Getting rid of Hemsky, Schultz Sr. and Potter would clear some room. Ottawa lost Alfie and only have 5 D signed at the moment - might the above package land us Zach Smith and another minor piece? Or might we swap RFAs and give Gags, Hemsky NSchultz to get Smith and Jared Cowen? Then sign Grabo and our Cs are Nuge, Grabo, Gordon, Smith. THEN we have room to take flyers on guys like Brule.

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#40 Gordie Wayne
July 17 2013, 09:17AM
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Hey Robin,

Speaking of encores, whatever happened to Jason Arnott? I know he didn't play last season, is he retiring? Is he finished? If not, would he work in a 4th line C role here? I haven't heard his name come up at all this summer.

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#41 geoilersgist
July 17 2013, 09:29AM
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@BArmstrong

If I'm not entirely mistaken Penner and his wife are no longer. I am pretty sure that happened just before the end of 2012 season and then he went on a tear and helped them with the cup.

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#42 Harlie
July 17 2013, 09:29AM
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I remember Creme's excellent skating and soft hands. It wasn't his skills that kept him out. I'd give him a flier in camp, why the H E double hockey stick not.

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#43 EHH Team
July 17 2013, 09:40AM
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madjam wrote:

Last time we made a purchase of a major talent got us a trip to Stanley Cup finals as most recall . The only time in the last 2 decades . Take Hopkins and J.Schultz just as an example only . Cost to resign the two of them might run 10-12M . Might the other elite young talent be better served with as an example - Malkin , Weber or Ovechkin ? Those types we don't have to wait for unknown development to see if they are going to be elite stars . Hall is tettering on elite status , but the other four are still questionable as to whether they will reach top elite level .

Last time we didn't have to trade away elite potential to get a trip to the finals. To get any one of Malkin, Weber or Ovechkin we would have to give up more than any one of Hopkins, Schultz Jr, Yakupov or Eberle. We might be stronger in the short-term but not long-term. What's wrong with exercising some patience?

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#44 madjam
July 17 2013, 09:51AM
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Last time we didn't have to trade away elite potential to get a trip to the finals. To get any one of Malkin, Weber or Ovechkin we would have to give up more than any one of Hopkins, Schultz Jr, Yakupov or Eberle. We might be stronger in the short-term but not long-term. What's wrong with exercising some patience?

I think your missing my point . Clarification : Proven elite talent vs . potential elite talent often a risk worth taken . How much in draft picks that might have been potential elites did we give up for Pronger i'm not sure .

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#45 Lochenzo
July 17 2013, 10:01AM
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I agree with a professional tryout. Hopefully just being on the will make him feel great. Coming back to a familiar environment may do him so good too. But if he doesn't make it, man, that's a tough cut.

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#46 Rama Lama
July 17 2013, 10:06AM
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If memory serves me correct, Brule was a high first round draft pick? I always thought his legs moved faster than his brain........the guy is a speed demon who is not afraid to hit.

He definately deserves another chance to play. I hope that this young man can put all his personal issues behind him as he still has time on his side. He would be great fourth line player with skill and speed to move up.

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#47 Dave Lumley
July 17 2013, 10:24AM
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If we are looking at damaged goods I would much rather take a flyer on Malhotra. He is what we need on the third and Gordon moves to the fourth.

Between him and Jones we will be lookin' good.

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#48 Next up, is Connor McJesus.
July 17 2013, 10:57AM
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I think the Oilers can blame themselves for the slow development of these kids to date. Trotting out Hemsky, Horcoff and Belanger types as leaders these last 3 yrs has more or less, differed the urgency for them to take charge of this roster. Have to think they'd be a little further along on that developmental path had they turfed these guys 2 yrs ago. Kane and Toews did alright leading the Blackhawks from close to day 1.

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#49 J Savage
July 17 2013, 11:02AM
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If we extend Gagner, then sign either Steckel and/or Brule can we move Lander for Clifford ? Sounds good to me.

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#50 Taylor Gang
July 17 2013, 11:10AM
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madjam wrote:

Last time we made a purchase of a major talent got us a trip to Stanley Cup finals as most recall . The only time in the last 2 decades . Take Hopkins and J.Schultz just as an example only . Cost to resign the two of them might run 10-12M . Might the other elite young talent be better served with as an example - Malkin , Weber or Ovechkin ? Those types we don't have to wait for unknown development to see if they are going to be elite stars . Hall is tettering on elite status , but the other four are still questionable as to whether they will reach top elite level .

If you look in the past, star for star trades are never made. Its usually for support players, which is the way it should be. What other reason would you have to trade a star?

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