The Nashville Predators have claimed Bobby Butler from waivers today before the noon deadline. Yesterday, the New Jersey Devils placed the 25-year old right wing on waivers after coach Pete DeBoer had benched him for essentially the entire third periods of the previous two losses.
“Tough day I guess,” the Massachusetts native had told reporters Sunday. “You can only control what you can control.”
When asked why he had been riding the pine for most of the last two games, Butler appeared clueless. “I don’t know,” he responded. “I don’t think it was anything. I think I’ve been playing pretty good.”
General Manager Lou Lamoriello informed the former University of New Hampshire standout about the move west when he came off of the ice after participating with the Devils in this morning’s skate in Canada, where the team is preparing for tonight’s contest against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
For Butler, it is the third team in less than a year. The Ottawa Senators had bought out his contract over the summer, leaving his future uncertain.
In August, the Devils offered the young forward a two-way deal. In 14 games with the Devils since being recalled from the team’s AHL affiliate in Albany, Butler recorded one goal and one assist.
“I never think about something like this,” Butler said to reporters this morning, shortly after being told about being claimed by the Predators. “This is another opportunity and I’m just excited and very thankful for being able to get an opportunity here.”
Even if he wasn’t claimed by the Predators, DeBoer was not going to start Butler in this evening’s game. As of this time, the team does not have any plans to call up another forward from Albany.