Jul 16, 2014, 8:57 PM EST
With one of the NHL’s deepest bluelines, St. Louis didn’t appear a team in need of defensive reinforcements — but that’s exactly what the club got on Wednesday, signing former Calgary rearguard Chris Butler to a one-year, two-way deal worth $650,000 at the NHL level.
Butler, 27, has spent the last three seasons with the Flames after being acquired from Buffalo in the Robyn Regehr trade of 2011 and was a major presence for Calgary last year — he appeared in all 82 games (the only Flame to do so) while averaging over 20 minutes a night, finishing with 16 points.
Finally, it’s worth noting that Butler — who has represented the United States internationally three times, including the 2013 World Championships — was born and played his high school hockey in St. Louis, so this new deal represents a homecoming.
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