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Brule, Oilers avoid arbitration with two-year contract

Wednesday, 07.28.2010 / 9:02 AM / NHL Free Agency 2010

NHL.com

Gilbert Brule, who set offensive career highs across the board last season, agreed to a new two-year contract with the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday. The move avoids an Aug. 3 arbitration hearing.

According to the Edmonton Journal, the new contract will pay 5-foot-10, 180-pound center $1.85 million per season.

"Gilbert made a big step last year in his development," said Oilers GM Steve Tambellini. "We are excited to have him here in Edmonton and look forward to his continued contribution to the team."

Brule was second on the team with 17 goals and third with 37 points, far eclipsing his previous numbers. In fact, coming into the 2009-10 season, Brule had just 13 goals and 31 points in his first four NHL seasons.

The sixth pick of the 2005 Entry Draft by Columbus, Brule played his first three seasons with the Blue Jackets, and was acquired by the Oilers in exchange for Raffi Torres on July 1, 2008.

Once again, it shows character in this dressing room. Once again, there's no quitting in here. We all wanted this so bad and we worked so hard to get home-ice advantage and we weren't going to let this one slide.

— Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog on his team's OT Game 1 win vs. Minnesota Wild