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Gilbert Brule cut by Swiss team

Gilbert Brule

Phoenix Coyotes center Gilbert Brule (8) is tripped up during the third period of Game 2 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Western Conference finals against the Los Angeles Kings, Tuesday, May 15, 2012, in Glendale, Ariz. The Kings won 4-0. (AP Photo/Matt York)


Gilbert Brule’s escape to Switzerland to play hockey ended poorly.

The guy most known for picking up a hitchhiking Bono was cut by the ZSC Lions of the Swiss National League. There he played for former NHL coach Marc Crawford and wound up not scoring a goal and adding just six assists in 14 games for Zurich.

Brule has had a rather tumultuous career since being drafted sixth overall in the 2005 draft by Columbus. He’s been rushed to the NHL, had poor play and injuries sideline his career. His signing in Switzerland came at a time he was an unrestricted free agent looking for work after sort of getting his career back on track with Phoenix.

Now he’s free to sign anywhere once again, but you have to wonder if anyone will take a chance on him now.