While some had hoped that the offensive flair shown by Bobby Butler over the final weeks of the season might be enough to earn him a spot on the roster this fall, the Nashville Predators have instead traded the pending Restricted Free Agent to the Florida Panthers, in exchange for T.J. Brennan, who is also headed to RFA status this summer. TSN's Bob McKenzie broke the news on Twitter a few moments ago.
#19 / Right Wing / Nashville Predators
Apr 26, 1987
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Butler was picked up on waivers from New Jersey back on March 4, and while he boasts an impressive wrist shot, Barry Trotz never seemed to warm up to his game.
#3 / Defenseman / Florida Panthers
Apr 03, 1989
|2012 - TJ Brennan||29||3||7||10||-9||8||1||0||0||42||7.1|
Originally drafted by Buffalo in 2007, Brennan is headed towards his third NHL season, and all I can tell you right now is that at least he boasts some modestly impressive possession stats, albeit in limited action. On March 15 of this year, the Sabres traded him to Florida for a 5th-round draft pick.
The left side of the defense was a bit of a weak spot last season, and we'll see how Brennan fits into the mix this fall. The Predators would still need to reach a new contract with Brennan, but one would presume that this trade indicates serious interest by Nashville to do so.