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Report: Devils, Butler agree to one-year deal

Aug 9, 2012, 1:21 PM EDT

Bobby Butler

According to reports (see here and here), former Ottawa Senator Bobby Butler has agreed to a one-year, two-way deal with the New Jersey Devils.

The news comes just weeks after Ottawa bought Butler out of the final year of his contract. The 25-year-old University of New Hampshire product showed a decent scoring touch at times for the Senators — racking up 37 points in 94 games — but never materialized into the top-six forward the organization was looking for.

Butler’s best year came in 2010-11, when he appeared in 36 games while racking up 10G-11A-21PTS.

The signing could be a shrewd one on the part of Lou Lamoriello. The Devils GM plucked a pair of players off the scrap heap last season — Ryan Carter (off waivers from Florida) and Steve Bernier (training camp tryout) — and they proceeded to play an integral role in getting the Devils to the Stanley Cup finals.

  1. martysbetter - Aug 9, 2012 at 3:42 PM

    Not much to dislike about this signing – hopefully he can get a fresh start in NJ and learn to use his size in Deboer’s system, he has great hands and a quick shot.

    Don’t necessarily need him to be a top-6 guy, although it’d be nice if this wound up being another diamond in the rough signing by Lou.

  2. danphipps01 - Aug 9, 2012 at 11:48 PM

    94 games, eh? I’d be curious to hear how he pulled that one off.

    • danphipps01 - Aug 9, 2012 at 11:50 PM

      Ah. Not in one season. Derp.

  3. nhmac - Aug 10, 2012 at 9:32 AM

    It was clear he didn’t fit in with MacLean’s plans and given the Sens tremendous depth at wing he couldn’t find a spot. Hope he shows the natural goal scoring touch I’ve seen since he was a freshman at UNH.

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