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03-04-2013, 11:23 AM
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Predators claim Bobby Butler from NJ

Kind of had a hunch this was going to happen.

Was the "name" college free agent a couple of years ago, signed with Ottawa. Did okay there to start out, then cooled off. Good scorer in the AHL, awful start in NJ.

Low-risk move, beats trading assets in a throwaway season.

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Kind of had a hunch this was going to happen.

Was the "name" college free agent a couple of years ago, signed with Ottawa. Did okay there to start out, then cooled off. Good scorer in the AHL, awful start in NJ.

Low-risk move, beats trading assets in a throwaway season.

A RW, so where do we see him in the lineup? Maybe 4th line with Gaustad and Spaling?

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03-04-2013, 11:34 AM
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Lots of speculation that we would try to pick him up last season and offseason. So no big surprise here. Could pay off, but i'm not really expecting anything.

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I wish Nashville nothing but good luck with him, he showed flashes of talent but didn't fit in very well here.

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Well hopefully this can translate, he scored 27 points (16 G, 11 A) in 37 games this season in AHL action.

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Why not? Hopefully he goes on the 74-15-16 line instead of Clune.

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21 pts in 36 games a few seasons back in Ottawa - if he did that now that would make him what, our #2 scorer?

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My thinking is that he couldn't be less productive than most of our roster at this point.

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21 pts in 36 games a few seasons back in Ottawa - if he did that now that would make him what, our #2 scorer?
This would be nice. I hope he can mesh in our system well.

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Watch he turns into the next Steve Sullivan and we all go goo-goo.

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Also to note, he is on a 1 year $525,000 RFA deal right now

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nice waiver claim. I wanted us to sign him this offseason

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Watch he turns into the next Steve Sullivan and we all go goo-goo.
I'll settle for another Jan Hlavac at this point

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Watch he turns into the next Steve Sullivan and we all go goo-goo.
I'm not really sure how you can compare the two. We traded for Sullivan...and he was a top performer for the Blackhawks at that time...

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I'm not really sure how you can compare the two. We traded for Sullivan...and he was a top performer for the Blackhawks at that time...
It was a sarcastic comment.

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Well, he did have 2 points in his one game against Nashville.

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Heck its a low cost venture could be just another 4th liner or could turn into a productive 2nd or 3rd liner. Worth the risk at his salary.

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Watch he turns into the next Steve Sullivan and we all go goo-goo.
Only if he scores a goal in the last minute of the second period.

Butler is a no-risk move. I doubt he plays until Friday, though, unless he was in the air this morning. Even then, it seems like a stretch...

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Only if he scores a goal in the last minute of the second period.
I knew I set you up. I knew it, you are like my personal gad-fly.


But the fact is this, well done.

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Only if he scores a goal in the last minute of the second period.

Butler is a no-risk move. I doubt he plays until Friday, though, unless he was in the air this morning. Even then, it seems like a stretch...
He took morning skate in NJ, so that's not happening.

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He took morning skate in NJ, so that's not happening.
TSN Toronto says Butler was pulled off the ice in Toronto and is on the way.

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TSN Toronto says Butler was pulled off the ice in Toronto and is on the way.
This may be the case, but I doubt we see him play tonight. With 3 days off, I bet he practices with the team the next time they practice and plays Friday at home.

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hope B^2 can find a niche and stick with the preds. now, can the devils have halischuk back please?

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hope B^2 can find a niche and stick with the preds. now, can the devils have halischuk back please?
I second this.

Butler's like that guy that his shot and offense is pretty good, but everything else is just meh.

He had a good four or five games but his play had really tailed off of late and it his time on the big club was up. I think most Devils fans anticipated him being placed on waivers.

The biggest problem in NJ was he was stuck on the fourth line. DeBoer was unwilling to break up Carter-Gionta-Bernier which was our third line and he wasn't knocking Clarkson or Kovalchuk to the fourth line. He was usually stuck on a line with: Barch/Matteau-Josefson/Loktionov as his LW-C combo. He had some time with Zajac-Kovalchuk on the off-wing too and he looked pretty good, as well as on the 2nd PP, but with the emergence of Loktionov, he is likely to take this spot.

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These are the moves Poile loves. I'm sick of them for one.

Bobby butler isn't bringing anything to the table we don't already have

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