NHL Summer of Steve: Brule Re-Signed, Oilers After Madden, Asham

July 31st, 2010 by Alex Thomas Leave a reply »

This summer is, without a doubt, the summer of Steve.

Steve Tambellini, that is.

This is the first summer in more than a decade in which Kevin Lowe isn't the guy calling all of the shots for the Edmonton Oilers.

Tambellini, the Oilers' new general manager, has done well in his rebuild, reshaping the roster, coaching staff and even the front office. Tambellini also hasn't overpaid anyone. He has done well in trades.

With that being said, the Oilers faced two arbitration cases in the last week. One was forward Gilbert Brule, who made strides last season on the Oilers' roster.

Brule was a bright spot in a rough year. He is finally developing into that player the Blue Jackets thought they were picking at the 6th overall spot a few year back.

Many Oilers bloggers and fans figured Brule would be awarded somewhere around $2.5 million per season, a vast overpayment. The Oilers probably would have walked away from that contract. Brule understood that and wanted to remain an Oiler. So the two sides met up and agreed on a contract right in the middle. Brule signed a short-term, 2-year deal that will pay Gilbert $1 ...

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