Senators reward Butler with 2-year deal
The Ottawa Senators announced on Thursday that promising forward Bobby Butler has been signed to a two-year deal.
Butler was called up to Ottawa on five separate occasions and was able to manage 10 goals and 11 assists in 36 games with the Senators. Despite his limited number of games, Butler was tied for second on the team with three game-winning goals.
The 24-year-old starred with Ottawa's American Hockey League affiliate this spring. In 23 playoff games with the Binghamton Senators, he tallied 13 goals and four assist.
Earlier in the season, he was named MVP of the AHL's all-star game.
The Marlborough, Mass., native was a Hobey Baker finalist for top collegiate player in the U.S. in his senior year at the University of New Hampshire.
Butler was a restricted free agent who the team could have settled with a one-year, two-way deal, but his strong play undoubtedly influenced the bump up to a longer term.
Financial terms were not released by the club.