The Edmonton Oilers have signed centre Gilbert Brule to a two-year contract, thus avoiding a date with the arbitrator scheduled for next week.
The deal, $1.85M per, is a prudent one for the Oilers, with other recent comparable arbitration awards suggesting Brule could have easily squeezed the club for another $500K-$1M.
The former sixth overall selection of the Columbus Blue Jackets (2005) enjoyed a coming out party of sorts this past season, posting 17 goals and 20 assists for the copper and blue.
Make no mistake, Brule, one of the team’s grittiest forwards, was an important sign for a team that played “butter-soft” on many nights last season.
Oilers’ back-up netminder JD Deslaurier is also scheduled to go to arbitration.
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