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Coyotes suspend Brule after he refused to report to AHL

Dec 30, 2013, 6:12 PM EDT

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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.

  1. pfhockey - Dec 30, 2013 at 6:39 PM


  2. alicesrightfootesq - Dec 30, 2013 at 7:00 PM

    Can’t believe he’d do something stupid after all he has been through and all he has done to get back into the NHL.

  3. esracerx46 - Dec 30, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    At first I thought Brule should take whatever is offered him. But, I have a feeling he was under the impression more was promised to him. And 3 games isnt a very big sample size. Over his NHL career, he has been a decent point producer. To the point where he should be able to latch on somewhere….unless he’s yakupov defensively.

  4. jb8588 - Dec 30, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    Can’t exclude another Columbus top 10 pick in the same boat…Alex Picard.

  5. frankiesweep - Dec 30, 2013 at 8:51 PM

    I watch the Coyotes every night, and there are plenty of guys not producing. So 3 games is nothing. I don’t blame him.

  6. storminator16 - Dec 30, 2013 at 9:01 PM

    There is probably more to this story. Still, I think folks are rushing to judge. Brule needs to look out for #1, not what people think he should do.

    • gbrim - Dec 31, 2013 at 3:45 PM

      Looking out for #1 should include following the rules that all teams impose on their players. Not cooperating with this move by the Yotes hurts his chances with them and every other NHL team, too. Not a smart move, Mr. Brule…

  7. dudermcrbohan - Dec 30, 2013 at 9:46 PM

    Brule’s Rules.

  8. hallsy86 - Dec 31, 2013 at 7:52 AM

    Well I’m sure McDonald’s is hiring.

  9. proudliberal85392 - Dec 31, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    From a Coyotes fan. I was surprised by the move to send him to Portland. He’s given the Yotes some good games. Give the guy a chance…we’re not exactly looking like Cup contenders at this point.

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