According to reports (see here and here), former Ottawa Senator Bobby Butler has agreed to a one-year, two-way deal with the New Jersey Devils.
The news comes just weeks after Ottawa bought Butler out of the final year of his contract. The 25-year-old University of New Hampshire product showed a decent scoring touch at times for the Senators — racking up 37 points in 94 games — but never materialized into the top-six forward the organization was looking for.
Butler’s best year came in 2010-11, when he appeared in 36 games while racking up 10G-11A-21PTS.
The signing could be a shrewd one on the part of Lou Lamoriello. The Devils GM plucked a pair of players off the scrap heap last season — Ryan Carter (off waivers from Florida) and Steve Bernier (training camp tryout) — and they proceeded to play an integral role in getting the Devils to the Stanley Cup finals.
GM says Blue Jackets are ‘off the rails’ right now
Apparently Blue Jackets management is a little shaken by the second 0-3-0 start in franchise history, however.
Columbus GM Jarmo Kekalainen shared his shock and dismay with the Columbus Dispatch’s Aaron Portzline on Tuesday.
“I’m surprised how, in just five days, we’ve gone from a very confident group to something that’s the opposite of that,” Kekalainen told The Dispatch on Tuesday. “Our confidence, our game … it’s off the rails right now.
Maybe losing to the Buffalo Sabres stings a little bit extra?
Kekalainen said “there’s no excuse for how we played in Buffalo,” pointing out that every team in the NHL is a “good team.”
Indeed, just about every squad boasts some dangerous weapons if they catch an opponent sleeping.
Portzline goes deeper on Columbus’ recent history of stumbling out of the gate, but consider the foreboding stretch coming up.
Next four games: Three out of four at home Eight games following that: Seven out of eight on the road.
As you can see, winter is coming for Columbus, so they best get things together. All things considered, this is the right time for a wake-up call.
For bonus chuckles, here’s a photo of Kekalainen on a railing.
He entered the building considerably later than usual, but his presence at least opened the door for the possibility of No. 8 suiting up against the San Jose Sharks.
Instead, the Capitals will face the hot-starting Sharks without Ovechkin (personal reasons) and Nicklas Backstrom (injury).
That’s a tall order, yet it’s also an opportunity for Barry Trotz to prove his system is a difference-maker … and that the Capitals have the young players to take up the mantle when the big stars are out
This is how Washington’s forward lines may look tonight:
With Ovechkin out, Caps lines look like this: