Butler was sent down to AHL Chicago on Monday. The defenseman was called up under emergency conditions Sunday to replace the injured Robert Bortuzzo (upper body). With some time to get healthy before Wednesday's playoff opener, the Blues didn't need Butler for the time being and shipped him back to the minors.
Butler was called up from AHL Chicago under emergency conditions Sunday, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. The Notes have several injured forwards but Robert Bortuzzo (upper body) is the only ailing defenseman. Nonetheless, Butler will step in for the regular-season finale against the Avalanche. He's the type that seems to be too good for the AHL -- fashioning five goals and 20 assists with the Wolves this season -- but rarely counted on for a substantial role at hockey's highest level.
Butler has been assigned to AHL Chicago on Friday. He was called up Thursday to provide depth for an injury depleted Blues defensive corps. With Butler heading back to the AHL, it's a good sign for Joel Edmundson (upper body) and Robert Bortuzzo (lower body) coming back soon.
Butler was promoted from AHL Chicago on Thursday. Butler appears to be a depth recall with both Joel Edmundson (upper body) and Robert Bortuzzo (lower body) still on injured reserve. It seems unlikely Butler will slot into the lineup for Thursday's matchup with Nashville, but if he does, owners can likely expect him to average minutes similar to his 2015-16 appearances in which he saw 11:30 of ice time per night.
Butler and six others were placed on waivers by the Blues on Friday, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports. Danny Kristo, Brad Hunt, Alex Friesen, Jordan Caron, and Andrew Agozzino were the other players placed on waviers. Butler is the most experienced of the bunch, having spent eight years in the NHL between the Sabres, Flames and Blues, respectively. While the 29-year-old is a decent playmaker, he hasn't played in a full NHL season since 2013-15.
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