The Edmonton Oilers have traded Raffi Torres to Columbus for Gilbert Brule (standing in photo below). His cap hit is $1.247M and he’ll be RFA next summer.
Brule was a very high draft pick who failed to develop, as often happens with poor teams (call it the Greg Joly phenomenon). Brule is a natural center, and was the 6th overall pick in the 2005 draft (that was the Cogliano draft).
ISS compared Brule as a player (in terms of style) to Theo Fleury. They also said: he plays with intensity at all times and is a scoring threat whenever he is on the ice. This is a salary dump for a guy who might develop into something. His numbers in Columbus this past season were poor and he was no hell in the AHL either.
This is a salary dump and moving a player whose health was a concern. It also means the Oilers are softer in terms of established NHL players. Incredibly.