News:Bobby Butler was traded to the Panthers on Friday in exchange for defenseman T.J. Brennan, TSN's Bob McKenzie reports.
Analysis: Not exactly an earth-shattering trade, but both players should get a shot to earn significant playing time with their new teams. Bobby Butler was waived by the Devils after scoring just 2 points in 14 games last season, though he tallied nine points in 20 games after the Predators picked him up.
News:Bobby Butler scored one of Nashville's goals in Friday's loss to Dallas, his first tally with Nashville.
Analysis:Bobby Butler started the season with the Devils, but was waived after 13 games without a point; he has not fared much better with Nashville, with a modest five points through 14 games.
News: The Devils have placed Bobby Butler on waivers, Darren Dreger of TSN.ca reports.
Analysis:Bobby Butler was not much of a factor for the Devils this season, as he registered just two points in 14 games this season. Coach Peter DeBoer said he has no plans to play Butler on Monday if he clears waivers. Butler was one of several New Jersey players responsible for allowing a shorthanded goal in Saturday's loss to Buffalo and did not play at all following that goal.
News:Bobby Butler scored his first goal as a Devil in Saturday's win over Pittsburgh, also adding an assist in the 3-1 victory. Both points came on the power play.
Analysis:Bobby Butler looked comfortable during the scant 12:43 he played in the contest, securing his first two points of the season following his AHL call-up earlier in the week. Of Butler's 12:43 of ice time, 6:33 of it came on the power play, making him well worth a look in deeper leagues. Butler plays at even strength on the team's fourth line with pylon Krys Barch and Jacob Josefson, though Ilya Kovalchuk does join him and Josefson occasionally.
News:Bobby Butler will play Sunday against the Islanders, the Bergen Record's Tom Gulitti reports.
Analysis:Bobby Butler was recalled Saturday, and he will be making his Devils' debut Sunday, skating in a line with Krys Barch and Jacob Josefson. He could also see some time on the second power play unit.
News:Bobby Butler was recalled from AHL Albany on Saturday.
Analysis:Bobby Butler is expected to make his debut with the big club on Sunday against the Islanders. Prior to his callup, he was leading Albany with 27 points over 37 games.
News:Bobby Butler will, in all likelihood, be called up from Albany (AHL) on Tuesday, the Bergen Record's Tom Gulitti reports.
Analysis:Bobby Butler has been the team's leading scorer in the AHL and played in Monday's AHL All-Star Game in Providence. The Devils are in need of a boost in terms of generating offensive chances and they feel Butler can provide that spark. Look for Butler to see some top six minutes, as the Devils are trying to find a third forward for their top duo of Travis Zajac and Ilya Kovalchuk.
News:Bobby Butler officially cleared waivers on Saturday according to TSN.ca but is likely to stay with the Devils for the start of the season.
Analysis: As reported earlier by Tom Gulitti of the Bergen Record it was simply a procedural move to allow Bobby Butler the opportunity to return to Albany to play in the AHL All-Star Game, a nod he just recently received. If he does stay with the Devils, he should have strong fantasy value as he should see plenty of minutes on the ice this season.
News: The Devils placed Bobby Butler on waivers Friday, the Bergen Record's Tom Gulitti reports.
Analysis: This is more of a procedural move for the Devils, as Bobby Butler will be on the team's 23-man roster should he not be claimed by another team. However, by placing him on waivers, the Devils would be eligible to return Butler to Albany (AHL), where he was honored with an All-Star Game selection. Odds are Butler will remain with the Devils should he clear waivers, but stay tuned. Should he remain with the Devils, expect Butler to see top-6 minutes.
News:Bobby Butler has been skating with first-line center Travis Zajac during the first few days of training camp, the Bergen Record's Tom Gulitti reports. Butler led the Albany Devils in scoring during the lockout with 15 goals in 32 games.
Analysis:Bobby Butler has also been seeing time with the team's power play units and likely will be featured on one of the team's top two scoring lines. He's been playing with confidence in the AHL and the Devils are in need of a scoring boost. Butler has skill and is well worth considering as a waiver pick up or a late addition in very deep leagues.
News:Bobby Butler agreed to a one-year, two-way deal with the Devils on Thursday, NorthJersey.com reports.
Analysis:Bobby Butler had his contract bought out by the Senators on July 27 after he registered only 12 points in 56 NHL games last season. He will be near the bottom of the depth chart for the Devils, and could very likely start the season in the AHL.
News:Bobby Butler had the remainder of his contract bought out by the Senators on Friday, NHL.com reports.
Analysis:Bobby Butler, 25, recorded 16 points (6G, 10A) in 56 games for the Senators last season. The winger notched 21 points (10G, 11A) in just 36 contests back in 2010-11, and he'll likely get a fresh start with another club.
News:Bobby Butler will be in the lineup for Friday's game against the Canadiens, James Gordon of the Ottawa Citizen reports.
Analysis:Bobby Butler has been a healthy scratch the past four games, but will replace Kaspars Daugavins on Friday. "We have depth in our lineup and we're trying to assess it on a game-by-game basis, who gives us a better opportunity to win, and today we feel that putting Butler in will give us a better chance," Senators coach Paul MacLean said.
News:Bobby Butler scored the game-winning goal in Ottawa's 6-2 thumping of Florida on Wednesday night. He now has six points (1G, 5A) in his last four games.
Analysis: Since being re-inserted into the lineup on Feb. 9 after being a healthy scratch for several games, Bobby Butler's play has showed a marked improvement. Part of that has to do with the fact that he's once again playing on Ottawa's No. 1 line with Jason Spezza and Milan Michalek. Another reason is that he's also fully recovered from a groin injury that he tried to play through during training camp and the early part of the regular season.
News:Bobby Butler may get a look on the Sens' top line in the near future after skating with Jason Spezza and Milan Michalek on Wednesday, TSN.ca reports.
Analysis: Although he's been a healthy scratch at times this season and has just nine points in 41 contests, Bobby Butler could see a significant increase in value if he's able to develop chemistry with his new linemates and carve out a larger role.
News:Bobby Butler will be in Ottawa's lineup for Sunday night's Battle of Ontario reports TSN's Brent Wallace.
Analysis: With Daniel Alfredsson (undisclosed) likely suffering from concussion-like syptoms, Bobby Butler will draw back into the lineup for the first time since October 13. In two games this season, Butler has no points with only one shot on goal.
News:Bobby Butler, who has been out with a groin injury, made his return to practice on Friday according to the Ottawa Citizen
Analysis:Bobby Butler is definitely making good progress and a return doesn't sound that far off. According to coach Paul MacLean, "he needs some conditioning, but if he's needed to play, he can."
Sens' Butler's Injury Worse Than Originally Thought
News:Bobby Butler's groin injury looks to be a longer-term problem reports Sportsnet's Ian Mendes.
Analysis: He could go on injured reserve if the problem persists much longer. Keep Bobby Butler on your bench until he's fully recovered, which will likely be in weeks and not days.
News:Bobby Butler (groin) won't play Tuesday and may be headed to IR, Brent Wallace of TSN.ca reports.
Analysis: The Sens haven't made a roster move yet, but don't be surprised if something comes down prior to Tuesday's game. Owners in weekly leagues should probably go another direction on the wing for at least the upcoming lineup period.
News:Bobby Butler (groin) was not on the ice for Monday's practice, Brent Wallace of TSN.ca reports.
Analysis: We're awaiting further information from the Senators regarding his availability for Tuesday night's game. For now, Bobby Butler remains day-to-day.
News:Bobby Butler suffered a groin injury during Thursday's loss to Colorado and will not travel with the team to Washington, TSN reports.
Analysis:Bobby Butler didn't record a point in either of the two games he appeared in so far this season. If he can stay healthy, Butler might improve on his impressive numbers (10G, 11A in 36 games) from a year ago.
News:Bobby Butler will be a healthy scratch for Saturday's game against the Leafs reports Sportsnet's Ian Mendes.
Analysis:Bobby Butler started on the fourth line in Friday's 5-3 loss to Detroit after having a tough preseason. With Saturday's benching, Butler will need to come back strong and show that he can play a little more defense and compete on a consistent basis.
News: Ottawa has re-signed Butler to a two-year, one-way contract reports the club's web site.
Analysis: The forward was one of the few bright spots in Ottawa's disappointing 2010-11 season, scoring 10 goals and adding 11 assists in 36 games with the big club, before helping the B-Sens to a 2011 Calder Cup Championship with 13 goals and four assists in 23 games. Butler will slide into one of Ottawa's top two lines to start the 2011-12 season and should see a lot of powerplay minutes. Keep him in mind in later rounds of your fantasy drafts as he could be a nice pickup, especially in keeper leagues. One thing to note is that Butler did not score a point in his first nine NHL games last year before going on a tear to finish the season with 21 points in his last 27 games.
News: The Senators sent Butler to AHL Binghamton in time for the team's playoffs, Ottawa's Official Page reports.
Analysis: Butler finished his rookie season with 10 goals, 11 assists and 10 penalty minutes in 36 games for Ottawa.
News: Butler scored a goal and added two assists in Thursday's win over Montreal.
Analysis: The three points give him 20 for his rookie season. Butler has some good offensive potential despite having gone undrafted and makes for an interesting late pick next year.
News: Butler scored the game winner in Ottawa's 3-1 win over Atlanta on Thursday night.
Analysis: That makes six goals in nine games for the rookie winger. Thursday's goal was an absolute gem, as Butler rifled a wrist shot past Chris Mason and into the top-right corner of the net. It's the type of goal that only snipers can score and Butler is showing that he definitely has an NHL-caliber shot. He's currently playing on Ottawa's top line with Jason Spezza and fellow rookie Colin Greening. Keep Butler in your "to do" list for next year's fantasy drafts as he could make for a nice sleeper pick in deeper leagues.
News: Butler scored his fourth and fifth goals of the season Wednesday night as the Senators downed the Panthers 5-1.
Analysis: Butler is starting to find his confidence as he now has five goals and two assists in six games since being recalled from Binghamton. The rookie winger is currently playing on the No. 1 line with Milan Michalek and Jason Spezza.
News: Butler kept his hot streak alive with another goal Friday against the Bruins.
Analysis: The 23-year-old rookie has goals in each of the past three games. In 2009-10, he was the NCAA's leading scorer, so we know that he has a knack for finding the net. Keep him in mind for keeper leagues.
News: Butler had a goal and an assist in Tuesday's loss to the Islanders.
Analysis: Despite the two points, Butler finished the contest a minus-2. The Sens have absolutely no chance of reaching the playoffs and it will be interesting to see how much playing time Butler gets down the stretch.
News: Butler has been recalled by the Sens, the team's official site reports.
Analysis: The move comes as little surprise since both Butler and goaltender Robin Lehner were sent down for Sunday's AHL tilt. That could be the plan down the stretch this season, so it will be interesting to see how the young forward holds up with such an unusual schedule in the coming weeks.
News: Ottawa re-assigned Butler to Binghamton of the AHL on Sunday reports the club's web site.
Analysis: The Senators' AHL affiliate is holding down a playoff spot and Ottawa's management wants to ensure that its farm team maintains its position. Butler recorded his first two NHL points (a goal and an assist) Saturday afternoon and was named the game's first star. He'll almost certainly be recalled for Tuesday's game against the Islanders.
News: The Senators have recalled Butler from AHL Binghamton, the team's official site reports.
Analysis: In eight games with the big club over three previous stints this season, Butler has been held scoreless, while recording no penalty minutes.
News: The Senators reassigned Butler to AHL Binghamton on Wednesday, the team's official site reports.
Analysis: Butler's most recent stint with the team was a short one. He has no points in eight games with Ottawa this season.
News: The Senators have recalled Butler from AHL Binghamton, the team's official site reports.
Analysis: Butler has yet to record a point in seven NHL games this season, but his last time out with the big club (on Jan. 21) he managed to rack up six shots, which is a promising sign.
News: Ottawa reassigned Butler to Binghamton of the AHL on Saturday reports the club's web site.
Analysis: Butler didn't have any points during his recent callup, but he did look much better than earlier in the season. Butler led all Ottawa players with six shots on net in an embarrassing 7-1 loss to Montreal on Friday night.
News: Ottawa has recalled Butler from Binghamton of the AHL reports the club's web site.
Analysis: The AHL's rookie goal scoring leader will line up on the right side of Ottawa's second line with Mike Fisher at center and Nick Foligno on the other wing for Tuesday's game against the Ducks.
News: Butler has been re-assigned to Binghamton of the AHL reports Ottawa's web site.
Analysis: In four games with the Sens this year, Butler didn't register a point, but didn't look completely out of place. He'll get his shot in 2011-12 to make the team full time as a scoring winger. Keep him on your radar for next year, especially in keeper leagues.
News: The Senators assigned Butler to Binghamton's AHL squad, OttawaSenators.com reports.
Analysis: Butler took three shots in four games for the Senators, but so far he hasn't been able to translate his AHL success into much at the NHL level.
News: Butler has been recalled by the Senators, reports Senators official site.
Analysis: Butler appeared in two games at the NHL level last season without scoring or notching an assist, but has scored 44 goals in his last 64 AHL games dating back to last year. His 15 goals with Binghamton this season is tied for the lead league, and this call-up could spark some life into Ottawa's 27th-ranked scoring offense.
Sens' Butler Nabs AHL Rookie of the Month for November
News: Butler notched 15 points (9 G, 6 A) in 14 games during the month of November and was selected as the AHL's rookie of the month reports the league's web site.
Analysis: The 23-year-old winger was the NCAA's leading scorer in 2009-10 and promptly signed with Ottawa as a free agent after his collegiate career ended. With Ottawa's current inability to score on a consistent basis, don't be surprised to see Butler get a callup at some point during the season.