What About Brule?

Jonathan Willis
May 16 2011 05:56PM

At this point last year, Gilbert Brule was considered by many fans and pundits to be one of the cornerstones of the Edmonton Oilers’ rebuilding effort. Management evidently agreed; while (smartly) low-balling Andrew Cogliano, they offered Brule a two-year, $3.7-million contract

Unfortunately, Brule proved incapable of building on a breakout 2009-10, and this past season played in 24 less games (down to 41 from 65) while watching his point totals drop down to less than a quarter of what he managed the year before.

What do the Oilers do with him now?

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May 16 2011 01:07PM


"Just when you thought it was going to be the Coyotes moving back to Winnipeg, turns out it might be the Thrashers relocating instead." - Fleet Admiral Wanye von Gretz IV May 16, 2011.

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Tracers: Normand Lacombe

May 16 2011 07:25AM

This is Norm Lacombe. He was the subject of one of the NHL's biggest trades at the March, 1987 deadline. Edmonton sent two veterans--Mark Napier and Lee Fogolin--to the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for Lacombe and a minor leaguer, plus future considerations. Looking back on his career and the boxcar numbers, one might ask what all the fuss was about in regard to Lacombe. Why did the Oilers deal two veterans for Lacombe? The answer after the click.

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Preview of Coming Attractions

May 15 2011 08:59AM

The World Hockey Championships end today, opening the door for free agent signings. The Edmonton Oilers are reportedly active this spring--good news for Oiler fans.

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Early 30

May 14 2011 01:56PM

On the day he was drafted, Ales Hemsky was 6.00, 170. The WHL site lists Ryan Nugent-Hopkins as 6.0, 164. The two players--both highly skilled and perhaps not physically mature enough to face the rigors of an NHL season--are a likely match in terms of early career path. The biggest difference? Hemsky was a reach at #13; RNH is the de facto top prospect on the planet for his draft year. The early 30 after the jump.

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