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08-09-2012, 01:12 PM
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Devils sign Bobby Butler

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Just confirmed that #Marlborough's Bobby Butler has agreed to 1-year, 2-way deal with Devils. Will sign it later today or tomorrow.
Mod Edit: Confirmed - http://devils.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=639518


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The kid put up 21pts in 36 games 2 years ago and I remember him giving NJ fits. Good move to help org. depth at the very least.

With a potential lock out and the team in financial trouble, I'm not expecting anything big. Heck, I wasn't even expecting this. But the kid fits the PDB system and may surprise with some points. All good from here.

http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/p....php?pid=97707

And good scoring numbers in college and in his year in the AHL.

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Tedenby - Josefson - Bernier
Carter - Gionta - Butler

we can roll 4 lines that are strong with the forecheck and can chip in a goal, I like alot

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08-09-2012, 01:30 PM
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Given a prove-yourself contract by Lou.

Bernier was given one so it would be nice if lightning struck twice.

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This could be the Sykora replacement given 15'ish goals could be reasonable.

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Kovalchuk-Zajac-Zubrus
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Tedenby-Josefson-Butler
Carter-Gionta-Bernier

I guess that's our opening day lineup then...

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Tedenby - Josefson - Bernier
Carter - Gionta - Butler

we can roll 4 lines that are strong with the forecheck and can chip in a goal, I like alot
Hopefully Carter and Gionta are the muscle, because if you are expecting Butler to be strong on the forecheck... or the backcheck... or any kind of check, really, then I would hope that you re-evaluate your expectations on Butler before you are disappointed.

He's a sniper, pure and simple. He showed up to our camp last year in HORRIBLE shape, he just assumed he had a spot locked up on the team, and it hurt him the entire year. If he's not sniping, he's literally doing nothing out there. Nothing. His defence is, at best, below average.

Keep this in mind, Devils fans: we bought him out of ONE year of his contract, in which he was making just over $1mil. AND we are currently under the cap floor. And he signed a 2-way contract with you guys. Based on that evidfence alone, you have to realize you are getting a reclamation project. It might work out. Might not. It's certainly worth the chance, however. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

That all being said, I hope he works out for you. Nice to see him get a 2nd chance at the NHL, he's got the skill to be a "tweener"-type who can contribute a few goals on your bottom-6 if you can deal with his lack of defensive game. He's not a bad guy, but it was scary just how badly he blew the opportunity he made for himself here in Ottawa.

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Don't know much about him, what can we realistically expect?

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Low risk signing, I like it.

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Like it..predicted it actually lol

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Don't know much about him, what can we realistically expect?
As others have said, he's not strong, good along the boards or good defensively. He's a pure offensive player. He's a pure goal scorer. He has some decent hands and can deke decent. His shot is probably above average. If he's on your third line you should probably expect 10-15 goals.

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I was hoping NJ would take a chance on Butler after he got cut-loose by Ottawa. It's a great low-risk signing and it gives team some more organizational depth at a very thin position.

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Sounds like a younger version of Sykora lol.

I don't mind anything that puts us further away from a two goon lineup but it does puzzle me why everyone was so high on him, is he a Jersey boy?

Edit: No, he's from Mass

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In the four years that I watched him at college he never struggled defensively.

Plus, if there's any team that can teach him to play it in the pros, it's New Jersey.

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I think it's a good signing, low risk and gives us more depth on offense. I do wonder what this means for Sykora though.

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This is a good signing for the team, if it is true. They kid has shown that he can play in the bigs and can produce points in the AHL, because from where I stand the baby devils are going to need some people to score some goals./

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The kid put up 21pts in 36 games 2 years ago and I remember him giving NJ fits.
That was on Jason Spezza's wing with PP time. It's actually kind of bad considering the circumstances.

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I figured someone would. I like the pickup, hopefully he can get his career on track.

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