He CAN play in the NHL. That's what's wrong with the NHL.
When a 30-40pt guy is somehow making more money in the NHL than NBA bench players and NFL back-ups... There's a problem. (As you point out. Or, at least I think you think it's a problem from your comment about cutting Brule's salary basically in half.)
Time to gut the NHL. Slash 6 or 8 teams. Drop a couple hundred Plugs into the minors/Europe/retirement, where they belong.
Games would be watchable again if you actually knew the 3rd and 4th line guys could compete with the "stars" when needed.
No offense intended... But watching King and Nolan get handed a Stanley Cup and get treated like they were the second coming of Messier and Doug Gilmour-- for their exceptional 3rd and 4th line role play-- made my stomach turn. It wasn't a "coming out party" for them as much as it was a very stunning example of just how watered down the league is.
There is probably another 300-400 players around the world that could be plugged into NHL lineups in place of the "bottom" players and nobody would notice a difference in the game one bit.