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Oilers swap Torres for Jackets' Brule

by Dan Rosen

Gilbert Brule will be suiting up in an Edmonton Oilers uniform next season, while Raffi Torres will take don Brule's old Columbus threads.
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Edmonton Oilers GM Kevin Lowe stayed busy on the trade front Tuesday after swinging a deal with Los Angeles for defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky on Sunday.

Tuesday, Lowe worked out a trade with his former subordinate, Columbus GM Scott Howson, sending left winger Raffi Torres to the Blue Jackets in exchange for 21-year-old center Gilbert Brule.

Howson was the assistant GM in Edmonton for six seasons.

Brule could take the place of Jarret Stoll, who Lowe sent to Los Angeles along with Matt Greene in exchange for Visnovsky. He had just nine points in 61 games this past season after recording 19 in 78 games in 2006-07. Brule also had 10 points in 16 games with the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL this past season.

The Blue Jackets made Brule, who was born in Edmonton, the sixth overall selection in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. He dominated the junior ranks with the Vancouver Giants of the WHL, scoring 185 points in 160 games.

Brule made his NHL debut during the 2005-06 season, when he played in seven games and had four points.

Torres, a physical left winger, is two seasons removed from scoring a career-high 27 goals. He was limited to just 32 games this past season after tearing the ACL in his right knee in December. He finished the season with five goals and six assists.

Torres played in all 82 games for Edmonton in each of the previous two seasons as well as 80 in 2003-04. He had 11 points in 22 games during the Oilers’ run to the 2006 Stanley Cup Final.

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