Oilers re-sign forward Brule

DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:13 AM ET

Gilbert Brule and the Edmonton Oilers have avoided a salary arbitration hearing.

On Tuesday, the Oilers announced they had come to terms with the centre on a two-year contract extension worth a reported $1.85 million per season.

Brule, 23, scored a career-high 17 goals and added 20 assists in 65 games last season.

“Gilbert made a big step last year in his development,” said Oilers general manager Steve Tambellini in a statement.

“We are excited to have him here in Edmonton and look forward to his continued contribution to the team.”

A restricted free agent, the local product had filed for salary arbitration after receiving a qualifying offer from the Oilers in June.

He was one of three Oilers to file for salary arbitration and was scheduled to have a hearing on Aug. 3 in Toronto.

Jeff Deslauriers and J.F. Jacques also filed for arbitration. Jacques, however, signed a one-year extension avoiding arbitration. Deslauriers’ hearing is set for Aug. 4.

Originally selected in the first round — sixth overall — of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft by the Columbus Blue Jackets, Brule was traded to Edmonton in exchange for Raffi Torres prior to the 2008-09 campaign.

The former Vancouver Giants standout spent most of his first year in the Oilers organization with their AHL affiliate in Springfield, scoring 13 goals and adding 11 assists in 39 games with the club.

Prior to being traded, the five-foot-10, 190-pound centre spent two year with the Blue Jackets, scoring nine goals and adding 10 assists in his rookie season.

The following year, Brule struggled, scoring one goal and adding eight assists in 61 games.

Brule, who could not be reached for comment, is expected to centre one of the Oilers bottom two lines this season.

derek.vandiest@sunmedia.ca


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