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July 3, 2019 12:16 PM
Chris Butler: Announces retirement
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Butler will hang up his skates and end his professional career, the team announced Wednesday.

Butler was limited to a mere 13 NHL games last season, instead spending the bulk of the year in the minors with AHL San Antonio. Over the course of his 11-year career, the 32-year-old notched 14 goals, 72 assists and 187 PIM in 407 contests. Selected by the Sabres in the fourth round of the 2005 NHL Draft, the blueliner would go on to play for Buffalo, Calgary and St. Louis.

February 25, 2019 06:36 PM
Blues' Chris Butler: Drops to minors
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Butler was reassigned to AHL San Antonio on Monday, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports.

Butler was a healthy scratch in nine of 10 games since being called up, so his services clearly weren't essential at the top level. The veteran blueliner needed to be sent down at some point Monday in order to be eligible for AHL playoffs, and he'll likely stick there for a while since the Blues acquired defenseman Michael Del Zotto from the Ducks.

February 9, 2019 10:36 AM
Blues' Chris Butler: Ascends to top level
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Butler was recalled from AHL San Antonio on Saturday.

Butler isn't a viable fantasy option in the first place, but Carl Gunnarsson (lower body) is expected to sit out Saturday, and the Blues want to ensure that they at least have seven defensemen available for a game against the Predators.

January 3, 2019 12:20 PM
Blues' Chris Butler: Moved to minors
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The Blues sent Butler to AHL San Antonio on Wednesday after he cleared waivers.

Butler recorded a plus-four rating to go along with two points in 12 games with the Blues this season, but his omission from the lineup the last two games may have been the writing on the wall. He will return to AHL San Antonio, where he's notched 10 points in 24 games, and await his next opportunity.

January 1, 2019 01:04 PM
Blues' Chris Butler: Sent to waiver wire
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Butler was waived by the Blues on Tuesday, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.

Well, that's not the way to ring in the New Year, but the reality is that Butler has made a minimal impact with the Blues since he joined the club in 2014-15. The defenseman has supplied four goals and seven helpers for the Notes over a five-year span, and it's entirely possible that he'll pass through waivers unclaimed and sync up with AHL San Antonio, the minor-league affiliate for the Blues.

December 3, 2018 04:24 PM
Blues' Chris Butler: Recalled by Blues
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Butler was promoted from AHL San Antonio on Monday.

The 32-year-old defenseman has two goals and 10 points in 23 games with AHL San Antonio this season. It will be Butler's first NHL action since earlier in the year. The veteran rearguard appeared in St. Louis' first two games of 2018-19.

October 7, 2018 11:28 AM
Blues' Chris Butler: Sent back to minors
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Butler was assigned to AHL San Antonio on Sunday, Jim Thomas of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

After scoring a goal and firing four shots on goal in Saturday's 5-4 overtime loss to the Blackhawks, Butler was sent to minors since Jakub Jerabek's work visa concerns were cleared up.

October 2, 2018 07:41 PM
Blues' Chris Butler: Will start with big club
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Butler made the Blues' 23-man roster.

Since the Blues' defensemen carry many question marks, they kept Butler, Jordan Schmaltz and Niko Mikkola with the big club to ensure depth. Once the blue line gets healthy, expect Butler to be returned to AHL San Antonio.

September 21, 2018 11:41 PM
Blues' Chris Butler: Available on waivers
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Butler was waived by the Blues on Friday, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.

Butler has been waived numerous times in his career. Even in the likely event that he goes unclaimed and subsequently assigned to AHL San Antonio, there's no fantasy value in a guy toiling in the minor league.

April 9, 2018 05:49 PM
Blues' Chris Butler: Demoted Monday
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Butler was reassigned to AHL San Antonio on Monday.

Now that the Blues' season has come to a close after losing a winner-take-all matchup with Colorado in game 82, Butler will join San Antonio for the final three games of their campaign. The 31-year-old defender spent six games with his hometown Blues in 2017-18, failing to record a point.

March 31, 2018 03:05 PM
Blues' Chris Butler: Gets call from Blues
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Butler was recalled from AHL San Antonio on Saturday.

Butler ascends to the parent club in the wake of a lower-body injury to Jordan Schmaltz, who came up lame in Friday's road game against the Golden Knights. This is mostly a heads up for fans of the Blues, as fantasy owners have very little use for Butler as he's only drawn into two NHL games this season, with a minus-3 rating and a failure to record any points thus far.

March 10, 2018 08:09 PM
Blues' Chris Butler: Going back to AHL San Antonio
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Butler was reassigned to AHL San Antonio on Saturday.

Butler was an emergency call up before Saturday's game against the Kings, and now that the game has come and gone he's going back down to the minors. The 31-year-old hasn't seen regular NHL action since the 2014-15 season, so even if he gets called up again it won't move the fantasy needle.

March 10, 2018 12:21 PM
Blues' Chris Butler: Returns to NHL on emergency conditions
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Butler was promoted from AHL San Antonio on emergency conditions Saturday.

Butler will join the Blues as insurance for Saturday's matchup versus the Kings, suggesting one of the blueliners could miss the contest. If he winds up in the press box, Butler would likely be returned to his AHL squad afterward. Considering he owns no points in just two games and averaged just 7:21 of ice time with the Blues this season, the 31-year-old's status shouldn't be of much concern.

February 24, 2018 04:40 PM
Blues' Chris Butler: Demoted Saturday
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Butler was returned to AHL San Antonio on Saturday, Tom Timmermann of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Butler's only drawn into two NHL games this season, posting a minus-3 rating over that span. He's clearly someone to avoid in all fantasy leagues.

February 9, 2018 11:36 AM
Blues' Chris Butler: Added to NHL roster
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Butler was recalled from AHL San Antonio on Friday.

This transaction is a direct response to news that defenseman Joel Edmundson will miss six weeks to repair a broken forearm. Butler was waived by the Blues ahead of the season, but he went unclaimed and ended up logging 47 games with the AHL's Rampage, adding eight goals and 15 assists preceding the latest call-up to the big stage.

September 27, 2017 02:53 PM
Blues' Chris Butler: Placed on waivers
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Butler (face) was waived Wednesday.

A career journeyman, Butler was able to crack the St. Louis lineup for one game last season; he spent the rest of the campaign with AHL Chicago. A stay-at-home defender, Butler won't contribute much at the offensive end, but he could be a useful depth option for the organization, should he clear waivers and be sent to the minors.

September 24, 2017 12:32 AM
Blues' Chris Butler: Exits Saturday's contest with facial laceration
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Butler left Saturday's preseason game against the Stars in the third period after taking a puck to the face, Tom Timmermann of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

The Blues' coaching staff didn't have an update on Butler's status following Saturday's contest, so it's unclear how long he'll be sidelined for. Either way, the 30-year-old blueliner wasn't going to be in consideration for a spot on St. Louis' Opening Night roster, so fantasy owners don't need to concern themselves with his status.

June 29, 2017 12:41 AM
Blues' Chris Butler: Sticking around for two more years
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Butler signed a two-year, two-way contract with St. Louis on Wednesday.

Butler has played in just six NHL games over the past two seasons, failing to record a point over that stretch. Once an 82-game player with Calgary, the 30-year-old has been unable to secure a regular spot in the game-day lineup since joining the Blues' organization. Considering the blueliner's new deal is of the two-way variety, fantasy owners probably shouldn't expect a lot of production out of him going forward.

April 11, 2017 08:52 PM
Blues' Chris Butler: Reassigned to AHL on Monday
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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.

April 9, 2017 11:44 AM
Blues' Chris Butler: Ascends to big club Sunday
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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.