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Phoenix releases former top prospect Brule


We may have seen the last of 27-year-old Gilbert Brule. The Phoenix Coyotes have released him, according to TVA Sports’ Renaud Lavoie.

Brule was taken with the sixth overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft and has gone on to play in 299 games with the Columbus Blue Jackets, Edmonton Oilers, and Phoenix Coyotes. However, he has struggled to stay in the NHL over the last few years and he recently refused to report to AHL Portland.

It was at that point that Brule surprised Coyotes GM Don Maloney by telling him that he wanted to end his hockey career.

Maloney initially suspended him and warned that he would terminate Brule’s contract “unless he has a change of heart very, very quickly.” That obviously didn’t happened.

If Brule does decide to keep his career going though, he might end up in Europe. He was reportedly close to signing with a KHL club before he inked a one-year, two-way deal with Phoenix for the 2013-14 campaign.

Former top prospect Brule tells Coyotes he’s quitting hockey

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Gilbert Brule was selected with the sixth overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft after Sidney Crosby, Bobby Ryan, Jack Johnson, Benoit Pouliot, and Carey Price. Unfortunately, unlike the five that were taken before him and many selected after him, Brule’s hockey career appears to be over.

Brule has 95 points and 156 penalty minutes in 299 career NHL games, but he’s struggled to find his place in the NHL lately. He’s only played in three contests with the Phoenix Coyotes this season and when they attempted to send him back to AHL Portland where he has 12 points in 11 contests, he refused to go.

The Coyotes suspended him as a result, but rather than ask to get out of his contract so that he can continue his career in Europe, it sounds like Brule is simply done.

“He decided that he didn’t want to live out of a suitcase anymore, was sick of living at hotels, and told me he was going to quit hockey – maybe become a firefighter,” Coyotes GM Don Maloney told the Arizona Republic.

“So what we do procedurally is we suspended him and unless he has a change of heart very, very quickly, we’ll go through the procedure of terminating his contract.”

Brule was reportedly on the brink of heading to the KHL before ultimately signing a two-way contract with Phoenix.

Maloney was surprised to hear that he would want to quit playing while he’s still young, but wishes him luck all the same.

“I did mention it’s hard to make the kind of money he’s making in the real world, but he’ll find that out pretty quick,” Maloney said. “But on the other hand, now he can get on with his real life. This is all just a bubble to me and once this is over with, now he can hopefully get his life in the direction he wants to take it.”

Coyotes suspend Brule after he refused to report to AHL


The Phoenix Coyotes organization suspended Gilbert Brule after he refused to report the AHL’s Portland Pirates on Sunday, the Arizona Republic’s Sarah McLellan reports.

Brule, 26, finds himself in an awkward position bouncing between the AHL and NHL. He’s been productive in Portland (12 points in 11 games) but hasn’t been able to find his game with the Coyotes this season, failing to score a point in three games.

Jaime Eisner of Coyotes blog Five for Howling points out that Brule nearly signed with the KHL weeks ago before hashing things out with Phoenix and wonders if Brule’s days with both the Coyotes organization and the NHL are over. (At least for the near future.)

However things shake out, this isn’t the path Brule probably envisioned for his hockey career. The Columbus Blue Jackets selected him sixth overall in the 2005 NHL Draft; at the moment, it seems like he may join Nikita Filatov and Nik Zherdev as Columbus first-rounders who struggled to find their place in North America.

Morris and Klesla return, Brule makes season debut for Coyotes


It would be wrong to say that the Phoenix Coyotes are back to full-strength on Thursday, but they’re getting there, at least.

Defensemen Rostislav Klesla and Derek Morris have returned to the fold while forward Gilbert Brule makes his 2013-14 season debut, the Arizona Republic’s Sarah McLellan reports.

That’s positive news for the Coyotes as they face the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight – particularly Morris returning – but Shane Doan, Zbynek Michalek and Lauri Korpikoski remain out of the mix.

Phoenix is understandably described as a tight-to-the-vest team, but the ‘Yotes have actually been engaged in fairly high-scoring games this season. They’ve scored 105 goals and given up 103 so far. That underrated offensive attack could make for a sneaky challenge for James Reimer & Co, although not having Doan stunts their forward group quite a bit.

Brule signs one-year deal with Coyotes… and KHL?

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The good news for 2005 sixth overall pick Gilbert Brule is that he’s going to play professional hockey this season. The only question now is: Where?

The Phoenix Coyotes announced they signed Brule to a one-year, two-way contract on Saturday. While that would normally clear the path for him to either play in Arizona or in the AHL with the Portland Pirates, there’s an apparent conflict.

KHL franchise Metallurg Magnitogorsk announced five days ago that they, too, had signed Brule. If it’s true that Brule committed to Metallurg first and they wish to keep him, he would likely have to play there as there’s generally a mutual respect for each league’s contracts.

Of course, this could just all be one huge clerical error and he will wind up in Phoenix in no time. The last time he was in the NHL, he suited up for the Coyotes during the 2011-12 season scoring five goals with 14 points in 33 games.

Brule has been playing in the AHL with Portland this season. He spent last year in the Swiss league playing just 12 games for Zurich.