posted on July 16, 2014 17:10
The St. Louis Blues have signed defenseman Chris Butler to a one-year, two-way contract taht will pay him $650,000 with the Blues and $400,000 in the AHL.
Butler, a St. Louis-native, collected 16 points and 39 penalty minutes over 82 games last season with Calgary. Prior to joining the Flames for the 2011-12 campaign, he played three seasons in Buffalo, where he was originally drafted in the fourth round (96th overall) of the 2005 NHL Draft.
For his career, the 27-year old defenseman has 10 goals and 65 assists over over 349 regular season games. Butler's lone trip to the Stanley Cup playoffs came in 2010-11, when he registered an assist over seven games.
He has represented the Untied States three times in international competition, including the 2013 World Championships where he earned a bronze medal.
A graduate of Chaminade High School and Denver University (he played a season with Paul Stastny at both schools), Butler played with the St. Louis Junior Blues before joining the Sioux City Musketeers of the USHL in 2003-04.
His father, Doug, played for four years at Saint Louis University before turning professional. He was drafted in the fifth round of the 1977 NHL Amateur Draft by the Boston Bruins and in the seventh round of the WHA Amateur Draft by the Calgary Cowboys.
Chris Butler was one of only three remaining defensemen with 20 or more minutes played per game last season. He offers the Blues a very strong depth piece that could be called upon in the event of an injury, although one would assume that he will be in a battle with Ian Cole for that seventh defenseman role.
Brian Haenchen is a three-sport columnist for InsideSTL. Follow him on Twitter: @Brian_Haenchen.