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Phoenix releases former top prospect Brule

Jan 4, 2014, 1:13 PM EDT

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We may have seen the last of 27-year-old Gilbert Brule. The Phoenix Coyotes have released him, according to TVA Sports’ Renaud Lavoie.

Brule was taken with the sixth overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft and has gone on to play in 299 games with the Columbus Blue Jackets, Edmonton Oilers, and Phoenix Coyotes. However, he has struggled to stay in the NHL over the last few years and he recently refused to report to AHL Portland.

It was at that point that Brule surprised Coyotes GM Don Maloney by telling him that he wanted to end his hockey career.

Maloney initially suspended him and warned that he would terminate Brule’s contract “unless he has a change of heart very, very quickly.” That obviously didn’t happened.

If Brule does decide to keep his career going though, he might end up in Europe. He was reportedly close to signing with a KHL club before he inked a one-year, two-way deal with Phoenix for the 2013-14 campaign.

  1. lowenni - Jan 4, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    Sad story. Best of luck to him in whatever other career he chooses to pursue.

  2. penguins87and71 - Jan 4, 2014 at 2:43 PM

    This is a very sad story indeed. I hope he has luck in whatever job he does next.

  3. djshnooks - Jan 4, 2014 at 2:44 PM

    Why not, Buffalo?

    I’d rather have him than Zenon Konopka.

  4. shaundre93 - Jan 4, 2014 at 4:40 PM

    It must have been really hard going from Phoenix to Portland and back again the way he was. I’m sure he loves hockey but he’s all grown up now and wants to settle down, no shame in that. Good luck!

    ps- does anyone know if he qualifies for NHL pension? That would be sweet for him if he does

  5. matt14gg - Jan 4, 2014 at 5:24 PM

    This kid is the classic case of what happens to a kid that gets rushed to the NHL. IMO, this is happening to a lot of kids. They are not ready for the game at the NHL level and it destroys their confidence.

  6. interiorfan - Jan 4, 2014 at 9:44 PM

    I agree with matt14gg. Bluejackets wrecked his career with poor development. It’s a sad story. Gilbert could have done so,much more had he been drafted by a different team and developed properly.

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