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.
Butler was recalled from AHL Chicago, Brian Hedger of NHL.com reports. Butler is up on emergency recall as defenseman Carl Gunnarsson is day-to-day with an upper body injury. The 29-year-old defenseman failed to find the scoresheet in just five appearances with the Blues this season. He'll serve as extra insurance for the Blues as they prepare for Game 5 against the Blackhawks.
Butler has been loaned to AHL Chicago. Butler is a part-time NHLer and that role isn't likely to change as Butler is 29 years old and still hasn't secured a stable role despite the Blues counting as the third team he's played for since entering the league in 2005.
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