Sunday, October 2, 2011

Oilers Update - Canucks Win...Oilers Cut Players

Yesterday, the Edmonton Oilers concluded their preseason with a loss 4-1 against the Vancouver Canucks.  Magnus Paajarvi was the lone scorer for the club in the defeat.

However, the biggest news to come out of the Oilers organization were the 5 assignments which were made this afternoon.  Head Coach, Tom Renney placed the following players on waivers for the purpose to report to the Oklahoma Barons in OKC.

Brule sent packing.
Gilbert Brule
Teemu Hartikainen
Ryan Keller
Josh Green
Ryan O'Marra 

Ever since the addition of Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and of course his magical play during the preseason, it was somewhat inevitable that the 24 year-old Brule would find himself cut from the team.  The pivot who has been with the club for nearly 3 years couldn't find his stride in recent seasons mainly due to a rash of injuries and an illness he endured.  While it appears that Nugent-Hopkins will fill the center gap, Brule on the other hand is quite capable to play the wing if injuries strike the big club.  However, Steve Tambellini does have the option to perhaps make a deal with some clubs to move a player such as Brule; in order to bring in some much need personnel on the back-end.  Mind you, depending on the severity of Smid's and Chorney's injuries and Ryan Whitney's imminent return to the club, Tambi will probably keep the gun in the holster a little longer.

Brule leaves the club having scored 48 points in 117 games. 

I wonder if U2's Bono will cheer for Brule in OKC?

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