NHL notes: Oilers' Brule picked up on waivers

The Coyotes claimed Gilbert Brule off waivers from the Oilers on Tuesday. (Amber Bracken/QMI...

The Coyotes claimed Gilbert Brule off waivers from the Oilers on Tuesday. (Amber Bracken/QMI Agency/Files)

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The Phoenix Coyotes claimed first-round draft pick Gilbert Brule off re-entry waivers Tuesday from the Edmonton Oilers.

Brule has eight goals and 10 assists in 27 games this season with the Oklahoma City Barons of the AHL. In 2010-11, he had seven goals and two assists in 41 games with the Oilers.

Brule, 25, was drafted six overall by the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2005.

The Coyotes also announced that centre Boyd Gordon has been activated off injured reserve. Gordon missed seven games with a lower-body injury.

BOUCHARD SIDELINED

Pierre-Marc Bouchard, who sat out most of the 2009-10 season because of a concussion, has been sidelined again with concussion-like symptoms.

The Minnesota Wild winger hasn't felt comfortable since being checked into the boards Dec. 13 by the Winnipeg Jets' Zach Bogosian, the Star Tribune reported Tuesday. Then on Jan. 4 in Vancouver, Bouchard was elbowed and the symptoms worsened.

Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher said Bouchard's symptoms weren't as severe as when he was out with post-concussion syndrome during his one-year absence.

Bouchard's linemate, Guillaume Latendresse, also is recovering from a concussion.

Bouchard, 27, has nine goals and 13 assists in 37 games this season. He has 98 goals and 229 assists in 522 games since cracking the Wild lineup in 2002-03.

SHARK COACH A STAR

Todd McLellan has won the remaining coaching berth for the NHL all-star game Jan. 29 at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa.

McLellan's San Jose Sharks recorded a points percentage of .658 (23-11-4), tops in the Western Conference, as of the Monday night deadline.

McLellan will join John Tortorella of the New York Rangers -- who led the Eastern Conference with a .718 points percentage (26-9-4) -- behind one of the benches.

Claude Julien, as coach of the 2011 Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins, will coach the other all-star team. Julien will be assisted by returning members of the Bruins coaching staff.

GOOD BREAK FOR PENS

James Neal isn't injured badly after all.

Originally it was thought the Pittsburgh Penguins forward would be sidelined for several weeks with a broken left foot. But after further evaluation, it was determined the injury was actually a bone bruise and Neal, who took part in Tuesday's morning skate, will be able to play as pain permits.

"I'm good to go (Tuesday night)," Neal said.

Neal was injured blocking a shot in the third period Saturday against New Jersey.

"The preliminary tests done after the game indicated a fracture in his navicular area, a tough bone in a tough place to heal," Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said. "So a further test, the MRI, was done and showed that what he had was a pre-existing condition, possibly having done it when he was a small kid. It showed up as a crack on the X-ray, but the MRI showed it was not a break."

BRIEFLY

Edmonton Oilers forward Jordan Eberle will be out two to three weeks because of a right knee injury. Eberle was hurt Saturday during a game in Dallas. In 41 games this season, Eberle has 17 goals and 26 assists ... The Oilers have agreed to terms with defenceman Corey Potter on a two-year contract extension. Potter, 28, signed as a free agent with Edmonton during the off-season ... The Dallas Stars have activated defenceman Sheldon Souray (sprained ankle) from injured reserve. Souray had four goals and 12 assists in 34 games entering Tuesday night. The Stars placed defenceman Philip Larsen on injured reserve with an upper-body injury ... Columbus Blue Jackets centre Mark Letestu was placed on injured reserve Tuesday because of a broken right hand. Letestu, who was injured last Thursday, is expected to be sidelined for six weeks. The 26-year-old centre has five goals and five assists in 25 games with the Blue Jackets, since being obtained in a trade with the Pittsburgh Penguins ... Florida Panthers goalie Jacob Markstrom will undergo knee surgery Wednesday. Markstrom has a 2-4-1 record with a 2.66 goals-against average.


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