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Blues add d-man depth, sign ex-Flame Butler

Jul 16, 2014, 8:57 PM EDT

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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.

With the Blues, Butler will be in a fight for a roster spot behind Alex Pietrangelo, Jay Bouwmeester, Kevin Shattenkirk, Carl Gunnarsson, Barret Jackman, Jordan Leopold and Ian Cole.

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.

  1. kingsfan93 - Jul 17, 2014 at 12:34 AM

    I love the signing. I think he is a solid defenceman that can play as a top 6 on a team.

    Plus, if anything, there is a better group of guys on Blues that can help him with his game.

    • blomfeld - Jul 17, 2014 at 1:46 AM

      “I love the signing” ? …

      Friend, with a handle like yours friend, you ought to be a little more ‘tactful’ with your remarks around here eh ? Because if you don’t know already, we Kings are going to be ‘re-inspecting’ our ranks this summer for the ‘explicit’ purpose of ridding ourselves of those who are weak, cowardly or disloyal. And trust me pal, saying things like “I love the signing” is ‘not’ consistent with you surviving the upcoming inspection ! No way Jose !

      “invite the infidel to the river Jordan and there where the current is strongest, push him in, so that he may drown like the rat he is” … Luke 23:8

      • hanspard - Jul 17, 2014 at 10:37 AM

        ^ tool ^

      • endusersolutions2013 - Jul 17, 2014 at 12:10 PM

        Luke 23:8????????? Not only is this completely incorrect (see below), it is absolutely opposite the heart and feel of the gospel. Jesus taught us to lover our neighbor as ourselves, to turn the other cheek… What you said reads like something one of the tyrannical muslim caliphs would have said.

        The real Luke 23:8 “When Herod saw Jesus, he was greatly pleased, because for a long time he had been wanting to see him. From what he had heard about him, he hoped to see him perform a sign of some sort”

      • endusersolutions2013 - Jul 17, 2014 at 12:16 PM

        It is also quite possible to have a primary and secondary team. I’m a known ‘Hawks fan (don’t even think bandwagon, saw my first ‘Hawks game in the 60’s). But I’m also a Wild fan as my #2. I was probably one of the top 5 posters on Yahoo Wild game threads last year. I am for them whenever they play one of the other 28 teams.

        Both are a serious threat to your teams cup defense hopes.

        In fact, anyone with any sort of an analyst mindset would conclude that the division most likely to win the next SC will be the central.

        But I do want to say I find your post encouraging in that there was no apparently unrelated video link included.

      • blomfeld - Jul 18, 2014 at 1:37 AM

        Person A: like what’s this guy talking about ? … did he get his bible from the 99 Cent store ?

        Person B: Yes, I know friend, however ‘such’ is often the norm in these modern times …


        Solutions … look man, I’m gonna level with you. I’m not sure what your deal is here, so let me give it to you square. Jesus was ‘good people’ and yes he often ‘turned cheek’ to the bad guys. But check this out. He also has some ‘protection’ and I Blomfeld count myself as a member in ‘good standing’ in his personal ‘protection’ squad ! That’s right ! So back off with your LA insults ! The bottom line is that Jesus and his dad ‘love’ the LA Kings and so anything you say to the contrary amounts to nothing more than ‘pure’ heresy !

        “Invite the infidel to a grand feast and there offer him a generous fare, laced with poisons … as he succumbs to God’s will, you may hurl stones and cedar logs upon him” …. Job 12:8

        GO KINGS GO !!! … TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOREVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) :) :)

      • blomfeld - Jul 18, 2014 at 1:52 AM

        and by the way Solutions, what the hell is “lover our neighbor” supposed to mean ? … like, are your neighbors supposed to all be hookers ? … and like, what kind of a ‘troubled’ sector do you live in man ?

        a ‘concerned’ comrade Blomfeld …

  2. bluesrawesome - Jul 17, 2014 at 1:04 AM

    Hitch said Ian cole is in top 6 for sure. Means he has to battle with Lopold and Jackman for 6 and 7th dman spots. Amazing tht a player who played over 20 minutes a night can’t even crack the top 6 of the Blues. I know it’s Calgary but still. Good luck to Butler in training camp he’ll need it.

    • beepbeepbeeplgb - Jul 17, 2014 at 8:07 AM

      came in to say this about cole and to say this is the second former Chaminade High school signing of the summer, same school stasny went to.

    • bluesdroogie - Jul 17, 2014 at 7:27 PM

      Hitch said Cole is top 6 for sure? What happened to Leopold? I figured going into the season Cole was going to be the 7th defensemen.

      Jbow Petro
      Gunnar Shatty
      Leopold Jax
      Cole/Butler as 7th/8th

      Cole Just has not shown much to date. He has had chances but I think last season was his make or break point almost. He should have won the 5th or 6th spot. now it seems he will float in and out of the lineup just like he did last year. to give Leopold or Jackman an off day to rest them. Maybe Army could package Cole, and some others for more scoring. I think our defense will be fine and goalies should be okay. Offense is our biggest weakness. It might have been addressed with the signings but only time will tell.

  3. 22bju - Jul 17, 2014 at 8:36 AM

    So what? Your boy is objective and points out some facts.
    No need to persecute. A tip of the cap instead

    • blomfeld - Jul 18, 2014 at 10:44 PM

      ‘When Iraq is liberated, you will be treated, tried and persecuted as a war criminal’ … George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., Jan. 22, 2003

  4. Sean J - Jul 17, 2014 at 9:21 AM

    AHL/injury-protection depth signing

  5. endusersolutions2013 - Jul 17, 2014 at 12:21 PM

    One more reason to conclude that the next SC champ will be from the NHL central division. Blues, Hawks, Wild and Stars will likely all be top 12 teams next year when you also factor in strength of schedule (for those who may not know, Sagarin the sports stats geek includes SOS in his daily analysis rankings)

    NOT a Blues fan, but one who certainly respects them.

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