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Senators buy out Butler

Jul 27, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

Bobby Butler

Yesterday, the Ottawa Senators put forward Bobby Butler on waivers.

Today, they bought him out.

That’s the news from the Canadian capital after Butler, 25, went unclaimed by 29 NHL teams.

The former University of New Hampshire standout was once a coveted undrafted free agent, signed by Ottawa in 2010 in the hopes of becoming a top-six forward.

While he showed a decent scoring touch at times — 37 points in 94 games at the NHL level — Butler was never able to emerge as a legit top six guy and was expendable in light of various developments, namely the acquisition of Guillaume Latendresse and a horizon filled with forward prospects like Jakob Silfverberg, Mark Stone, Mika Zibanejad, Stefan Noesen and Matt Puempel.

Because Butler is younger than 26, the Sens were able to buy him out at one-third of his contract value (which was to be $1.2 million next season.)

  1. elvispocomo - Jul 27, 2012 at 3:30 PM

    I didn’t think too many teams would pick him up if a buyout was the intention. I would be surprised if no one approaches him to try and sign him for a much cheaper deal, however.

  2. nhmac - Jul 27, 2012 at 4:45 PM

    Would love to see Butler stay up in the “show”

    Think the verdict is still out on him and he could be productive 3rd/4th line winger if he gets in with the right team.

  3. odj810 - Jul 27, 2012 at 7:06 PM

    he goes to boston. as the teams 13th forward

  4. georgia166 - Jul 27, 2012 at 10:45 PM

    Ottawa Senators news … insignificant to the rest of the NHL and it’s fans

  5. sterogatory - Jul 29, 2012 at 12:31 AM

    Georgia… Either a leafs or thrashers fan. Feel bad for you either way. Sens just had too much depth and BB Gun didn’t produce quickly enough. Think there’s still a chance for him.

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