It looks like Gilbert Brule‘s NHL career is over.
The Phoenix Coyotes placed Brule on unconditional waivers with the intent of terminating his contract. It looks like Brule is going to retire, as he refused to report to the Portland Pirates after a demotion.
It’s a shame to see a player who once had so much promise retire so young, but if the desire to play isn’t there (According to Coyotes general manager Don Maloney, Brule was tired of living out of a suitcase and may consider becoming a firefighter), then there’s no sense in doing something you don’t enjoy.
Brule, who turned 27 on Wednesday, was selected sixth overall in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft by the Columbus Blue Jackets, though he was returned to the Western Hockey League before playing 10 games. He burst onto the scene with his performance at the 2006 Memorial Cup with the Vancouver Giants. Brule led the tournament with 12 points in five games, though his Giants were eliminated in the semi-final by the Moncton Wildcats.
From there, Brule stuck in the NHL with the Blue Jackets in the 2006-07 season, scoring 19 points in a career-high 78 games in a limited role.
However, Brule bounced back and forth between the AHL and NHL for the rest of his career, including a trade to the Edmonton Oilers in 2008. Brule’s best NHL season came in 2009-10 with the Oilers, registering 17 goals and 20 assists in 65 games.
The Coyotes claimed Brule off waivers from Edmonton in 2012, finishing the season in the Desert before a short stint in Switzerland in 2012-13.
Phoenix brought Brule back on a two-way contract in late November, but he only played three more games with the Coyotes before deciding hockey wasn’t for him.
All told, Brule ends his NHL career with 43 goals and 52 assists in 299 games.