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Brule back on blades

DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:36 AM ET

Gilbert Brule is just happy to be healthy again.

The Oilers centre has somehow managed to contract every virus that has gone through the dressing room.

On Monday, he was back on the ice after his latest bout with an illness.

"I'm feeling pretty good," Brule said.

"It was nice to get a skate in. I did a conditioning skate (Sunday) and did pretty well. I've been working hard in the gym and I feel really good out there."

MISSED SIX

Brule, 22, has been out of the lineup since the first week of January. He's missed the last six games.

"I wasn't feeling too well and I think I just needed some time away from the rink to see a few doctors and get my head back on straight and just get back to the way I was feeling before," he said.

"I wasn't feeling like myself. I was down for a couple of weeks, had no energy and no appetite.

"There was the one road trip the team went on and (the trainers) told me to stay home for the weekend and just try to recuperate.

"Just this last week, I've been working out at the gym and I feel a lot better."

The Oilers coaching staff has not made a decision on whether Brule will be in the lineup tonight when they host the Chicago Blackhawks.

They want to evaluate him further at the morning skate before making a decision.

Brule has 11 goals and 13 assists in 41 games this season.

RESPONDED

"Our medical staff say he's responded poorly to some of these bugs that have gone around this year," said Oilers head coach Pat Quinn.

"I think this is the fourth time he's missed time away from the team.

"But he seems strong now and he seems positive and when he was missing those games he didn't feel healthy."


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