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Roundup: Sens waive Butler, Oilers sign a pair, Esposito off to Finland

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Not all happenings in the NHL are worth their own post, so here’s a few news makers from today.

Senators waive Butler, look to buy him out

Bobby Butler’s days in Ottawa are at an end. The team put him on waivers and Allen Panzeri of Senators Extra says the team will look to buy him out when/if he clears. Butler had just six goals and 10 assists in 56 games last season with Ottawa and has a $1.05 million cap hit next season. That’s not a lot of bang for your buck.

Oilers re-sign Plante and VandeVelde

The Oilers re-signed defenseman Alex Plante and forward Chris VandeVelde each to one-year deals. Both players spent the majority of the year in the AHL with Oklahoma City but VandeVelde got more of a look-see playing in 17 games with Edmonton. He scored a goal and had two assists with 14 penalty minutes in that time. Plante appeared in just three games with the Oilers last year.

Former first-round pick Esposito off to Finland

Angelo Esposito’s time trying to make the NHL is at an end. The former Penguins 2007 first-round pick is headed to the Finnish elite league to play for Pelicans according to that team’s website. Esposito is most well known for being a key figure in the trade that sent Marian Hossa to the Penguins from the Atlanta Thrashers. Esposito’s career has been ruined by injuries and perhaps getting away from North America will help him find his game once again.

Shanahan says no suspension for Weise, Carter

Brendan Shanahan

NHL discipline czar Brendan Shanahan was busy yesterday reviewing controversial hits by Vancouver’s Dale Weise, Carolina’s Ryan Carter and Colorado’s Cody McLeod.

At the time of writing, two have been declared suspension-free.

First, Weise’s hit on Edmonton’s Alex Plante (FF to 7:50)

The hit earned Weise a five-minute charging major and game misconduct. Here’s what the involved parties had to say:

Weise: “Things happen so fast. I thought I caught him with a shoulder. He kind of went in with a vulnerable position. I respect the call. …I was getting in. I was just trying to angle him off and I caught him in a vulnerable position.”

Tom Renney: “Pretty tough hit. Maybe a little sabbatical. He came pretty hard. He had a pretty full head of steam up.  And he was after one thing, and that was to hurt and hit the kid.”

Next up, New Jersey’s Ryan Carter on Carolina’s Jaroslav Spacek. No video available, but here’s the photographic aftermath:


(courtesy US Presswire)

Carter got five and a game for boarding while Spacek appeared no worse for wear, returning to the contest and finishing with 17:38 of ice time.

“I think the league will take a look at it but it’s not really for me to worry about. It’s kind of out of my control,” Carter told the Star-Ledger following the game. “I thought he was going to play the puck along the wall and continue it. That would’ve opened him up but the puck bounced right at his feet so he turned back the other way.”

The third and final incident is Colorado’s Cody McLeod hitting Minnesota’s Jared Spurgeon from behind, which occurred roughly five minutes into the game:

McLeod was given a five-minute major for checking from behind and a game misconduct; Spurgeon left the game and didn’t return. Kent Youngblood of the Minnesota Star-Tribune reports that Spurgeon wasn’t on the ice at practice today, which probably pissed off head coach Mike Yeo.

Check that, pissed Yeo off even more. Here’s what he had to say following last night’s contest:

“I didn’t like the hit one bit,” Yeo said. “They hit him from behind two shifts before that, and I thought that one could have been called, too. I thought that one was dangerous. So twice … five minutes into the game?”

Still no word on what McLeod’s fate will be.