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Preds claim Butler off waivers from New Jersey

Mar 4, 2013, 12:35 PM EDT

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The NHL’s lowest-scoring team added some punch up front on Monday as the Nashville Predators announced they claimed forward Bobby Butler off waivers from New Jersey.

Butler, 25, had appeared in 14 games with the Devils this season, registering 1G-1A-2PTS and a minus-6 rating while averaging just under 10 minutes per game.

The former University of New Hampshire standout was once pegged to be a solid scorer at the NHL level — he scored 21 points in his first 38 games with the Ottawa Senators — but has since fallen on tough times.

He only mustered 16 points in 56 games with the Sens a year ago, was allowed to walk as a free agent, then signed a one-year, two-way deal with the Devils in August.

“Definitely disappointing,” Butler told NorthJersey.com about being waived. “You obviously want to play in every game and be there and try to help the team win, but you can only control what you can control and just have to stay focused.”

With the move, Butler will be reunited with ex-Senators teammate Mike Fisher.

  1. nhmac - Mar 4, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    Perhaps Barry Trotz can help Butler find his scoring touch, low risk move for Nashville.

    • letsgopens8771 - Mar 4, 2013 at 5:56 PM

      I agree. Even if he doesn’t work out, they could still move him for a draft pick.

  2. tfaltin - Mar 4, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    Going to Nashville to find his scoring touch. That’s never a good sign. I saw him at UNH a lot, I’m surprised he hasn’t translated a bit better. At least he should be top 6 in Smashville.

  3. vindicatus - Mar 4, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    Good luck, BB. Feels like we hardly got to know you.

  4. quizguy66 - Mar 4, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    Watching Butler here in NJ he strikes me as a guy who’s vision eclipses his skill as a player. That is he gets creative thoughts but lacks the talent to take advantage of what he’s seeing. Hope he straightens things out in Nashville. Just didn’t work out here in NJ.

    -QG

  5. quizguy66 - Mar 4, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    Ugh should be “whose” there not “who’s”. Wish I could edit.
    -QG

  6. 950003cups - Mar 4, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    He wasn’t so bad. He always found the open ice, but never really had the touch to bury the puck. With a little brush ups, he could really get moving.

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