According to multiple reports, the New Jersey Devils have inked unrestricted free-agent forward Bobby Butler. The rumored deal is said to be a 1-year, 2-way contract.
Butler, 25, was bought out on July 27th by the Ottawa Senators. His contract was set to run through the 2012-13 season, but after failing to live up to his expectations, the Sens made the decision to buy him out after failing multiple times to trade the struggling forward.
The undrafted Marlborough, MA native has suited up for 94 games in his NHL career, scoring 16 goals & adding 21 assists for 37 points.
His best season was in 2010-11 when although he only played in 36 games that year, he was still able to amass 10 goals + 11 assists for 21 points.
This past season though, Butler collected a very disappointing 16 points (6 goals, 10 assists) in 56 games, which led to the end of his tenure in the nations capital.
With a fresh start in New Jersey, Butler could solidify the Devils' 3rd line. When used in the right situations, Butler can definitely put up some solid 2nd/3rd line numbers.
Even if this rumor turns out not to be true, Butler can still solidify any teams 3rd line with his hard work. He can definitely score goals as shown in the 2010-11 season and when on his A-game, can dangle through defenders as if he's been doing it his whole career.
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