The Marlborough, MA native has spent the last two seasons with the Ottawa Senators. This past season, Butler put up six goals and 10 assists in 56 games. He did not record a point in the three games he played in the postseason. His regular season numbers dipped from the ’10-’11 campaign, when he pumped in 10 goals and 11 assists in just 36 games.
The Sens signed him to a two-year pact in July of 2011, but bought him out earlier this summer, making him an unrestricted free agent.
Butler played four years at the University of New Hampshire and was a Hobey Baker Award finalist in 2010. In his senior season, he was second among all NCAA Division I players in goals, finding the net 29 times.
Butler just turned 25 in April and checks in at 6’0” and 185 lbs. It is likely that Butler will play on the bottom two lines for New Jersey. If the Bernier-Carter-Gionta line is kept together, I highly suspect that Butler will have linemates of Jacob Josefson, Mattias Tedenby and if he gets re-signed, Petr Sykora.
We will keep you updated on any details as they break.
UPDATE 4:39 p.m.: Tom Gulitti of the Bergen Record reports that the Devils have confirmed the signing of Butler.
Below is a video of highlights from Butler’s 2010-11 season.
Editor’s note: The video is set to some rather interesting choice of music that is not safe for work.