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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.

PHT Morning Skate: Darryl wins Sutter Bowl I

Darryl Sutter

PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Even though Darryl Sutter kept downplaying the “Sutter Bowl,” the Kings players said that they could tell there was a little something extra on the line against the Flames. (LA Times)

Sutter wasn’t the only one making a return to Calgary. In his first game back, newly acquired Michael Cammalleri reminded everyone that he still knows how to puck the puck in the net—and halfway through the game, he was reunited with a familiar linemate. (Calgary Herald)

Remember Angelo Esposito? Well, now he’s a member of the Stars. No, not the Dallas Stars… the Texas Stars. (Dallas Morning News)

Should Tampa trade for a goaltender? Erik Erlendsson says that Lightning fans should get used to the idea of a Roloson/Garon tandem for the rest of the season. (Tampa Tribune)

Every young team undergoing a complete rebuild would like to think that they will be as successful as the Chicago Blackhawks model. So with that in mind, are the Edmonton Oilers on the right track? (Cult of Hockey)

The Ottawa Senators should send the Coyotes a “thank you” card. Since acquiring Kyle Turris, the Sens have earned 22 out of a possible 26 points. (Ottawa Sun)

Speed makes the NHL game one of the best spectator sports in the world. But it also makes it one of the most dangerous. (Star Tribune)

Last night, Sharks forward Andrew Desjardins was the recipient of a hit that is sure to be reviewed by the league office. He says he feels fine, but head coach Todd McLellan had some strong feelings after the game. (CSN Bay Area)

It only took 12 years and 580 NHL games, but Evgeni Nabokov became the 26th member of the 300 win club with his win over the Buffalo Sabres. (Islanders Official)

Speaking of the Islanders/Sabres game, check out this scrap between Matt Martin and Joe Finley. Both men earned every bit of their five minute escape to the penalty box. (NHL)

The sad fall of Angelo Esposito, who was traded to Florida for Kenndal McArdle today

Jared Knight, Kenndal McArdle

Every now and then, a hot sporting prospect falls far in a sport’s draft.

Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers weren’t just the last two NFL quarterbacks to win the Super Bowl, they also were players who waited longer than they expected to be drafted. Corey Perry won the 2011 Hart Trophy, but he was only the 28th player chosen in the historically strong 2003 NHL Entry Draft. The Anaheim Ducks might have gotten a steal in the 2010 draft as well when Cam Fowler fell to them at the 12th pick. For at least a few years, many NFL teams were chastised for passing up Randy Moss because of character issues that did indeed crop up during his Hall of Fame-worthy career.

Of course, for every should-be star who gets the cold shoulder from drafting teams after being fawned over by scouts, there are several guys whose nosedives end up being justified. While there’s always time for a sad story to take a happy turn, it’s tough to deny the feeling that NHL teams were right in passing on Angelo Esposito in 2007 until he fell to the Pittsburgh Penguins with the 20th overall pick.

Red flags on draft day

At the time, it was a jaw-dropping fall for a once-hot prospect who received at least some buzz to be the top pick of the ’07 draft. (Even ESPN’s mega-star columnist Bill Simmons swooped in to offer his take on Esposito landing to Pittsburgh, which he framed as a move so beneficial to the Penguins that there might have been a borderline conspiracy going on.) If there was some negativity about the move by Penguins GM Ray Shero, it was that the team was already well-stocked with centers.

Yet when you look at Esposito’s jagged path since then, it’s almost tough to believe that he was drafted just four years ago. After struggling at the lower levels of hockey compared to pre-draft years, the Penguins made him part of a February 2008 trade package that yielded them a rental run with Marian Hossa and solid years (still coming) with Pascal Dupuis. Esposito, Colby Armstrong and Erik Christensen were supposed to produce a nice long-term return for the Atlanta Thrashers franchise in exchange for that short-term pain yet none of those three played for the team in 2010-11.

Jets trade Esposito to Florida for Kenndal McArdle

None of them will make an appearance for the newly christened Winnipeg Jets, either, as Esposito was traded to the Florida Panthers for fellow first round letdown Keendal McArdle (pictured) today. (Want a depressing sign of Esposito’s struggles? The main photo of this Esposito-centric post is of McArdle instead of Espo because McArdle was the only one of the two who actually played at the NHL level.)

Interestingly enough, McArdle was also a 20th overall pick in the NHL draft in 2005. He’s played 33 games at the NHL level – all for the Panthers – and scored three points in the process. Perhaps that makes him fitter for immediate use because Esposito hasn’t played at the pro level yet and really hasn’t been a standout player at the AHL level either (just 13 points in 57 games with the Chicago Wolves in 2010-11). Some might look at this swap as a trade of reclamation projects if they’re able to shake that feeling of what could have been for Esposito.

Could Esposito’s luck change?

The one hope the Panthers organization can hold out for Esposito is that he simply might be due for some good luck. He’s been traded by two different NHL teams and dealt with two different ACL tears in his short career. Maybe a little bit of health and a big change of scenery could do him a little good?

Ultimately it is tough to shake the feeling that Esposito is already a lost cause, but at 22 years old, maybe he just faced some serious bumps in the road.