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Gilbert Brule signs in Swiss league on one-year deal

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 run in the NHL is taking a sabbatical.

Brule has reportedly signed a one-year deal with the ZSC Lions of the Swiss league according to the team’s website (link in German). He had five goals and nine assists in 33 games last season with the Coyotes.

As you may remember, Brule is one of many failed first-round picks by the Columbus Blue Jackets, going sixth overall in the 2005 draft. Brule was chosen ahead of guys like Anze Kopitar, Marc Staal, and T.J. Oshie to name a few. Oops.

Brule could be heading to Switzerland to avoid any potential lockout issues or he’s reading the tea leaves the right way after it took him a while to land a job last season with Phoenix. Either way, he’ll see if he can hone his game in the Alps this season.