Not exactly the “roster shake-up” we were talking about but it’s a start.
On Monday morning, the Nashville Predators claimed winger Bobby Butler off of waivers from the New Jersey Devils.
Undrafted, Butler inked a two-year deal with the Ottawa Senators shortly after his senior season at University of New Hampshire concluded. He was a Hobey Baker Award finalist as the best player in college hockey that year after scoring 53 points (including 29 goals) in 39 games as the captain of the Wildcats. Given his success at the college level, he was courted by several NHL clubs, eventually deciding to don a Senators sweater on March 29, 2010.
After a poor 2011-12 campaign (just 16 points in 56 games with Ottawa), Butler was bought out by the Sens and quickly signed a one-year deal with the New Jersey Devils. He posted 27 points for their AHL-affiliate, the Albany Devils, during the lockout but amassed just two points in 14 games at the NHL level once the lockout ended.
Butler, 25, is listed a...