Although Twitter is experiencing some technical difficulities today, Bruce Garrioch's technological aptitude has somehow permitted him to tweet the following:
Bobby Butler has been placed on waivers _ likely for purpose of a buyout. #Sens— Bruce Garrioch (@SunGarrioch) July 26, 2012
Butler's future with the Senators organization became clouded once Kaspars Daugavins inked a one-year, one-way deal. With the Dogman under contract, the Senators had 13 forwards that were on one-way deals. With the return of Peter Regin from a shoulder injury and the addition of Guillaume Latendresse via free agency, there was a logjam up front. And that goes without mentioning some of the organization's best prospects who will show up to training camp vying for jobs. Considering the marketability and hype surrounding much ballyhooed prospects like Mika Zibanejad, Jakob Silfverberg and Mark Stone, something had to give to clear some room of these prospects.
Assuming that Butler is not claimed on waivers, his prospective buyout will be spread out over the course of the next two seasons. While the buyout will be one-third of his current salary -- he will receive $200,000 in each of the next two seasons – Capgeek indicates that the actual cap hit on Butler’s buyout will be $50,000 in the first year and $200,000 in the second.
Some staunch Butler supporters – more supporters than I ever realized were out there -- have voiced their concerns with giving up on a player who showed glimpses of being a competent scorer during the 2010/11 season.
While true that Ottawa’s giving up on a player without netting a draft pick or another asset in return, the organization does save itself $800,000 in real cash. Netting assets may not even be the biggest concern for the Senators. As one of the organizations that has had some success attracting some of the NCAA’s better unrestricted free agents, one has to wonder what kind of optics (if any?) will develop from Butler being put on waivers.
Of course, any negative optics could be overstated. The Justin Schultz scenario reinforced the belief that these collegiate free agents are typically looking to play for a competitive organization that can offer opportunity and dollars.
Bobby Butler needed to be a 25G guy to justify his existence (he's not) and even if he pots 20+ he's still as soft as Randy Robitaille.
I am a Butler fan, and the glimpses he showed over the past two seasons, though small, were signs of a player just learning how to be a pro. His shot is above average and his skating is good. Of course he needs to get stronger but what first/second year player doesn't.
I'm surprised considering the cap situation we are in and that I thought the organization didn't want to rush any of their prospects. Now the question is who are we going to sign to reach the cap floor and where will Butler land? I could see him going to NYi as you mentioned. And I say we bring in a defenseman to help reach the salary floor.
Butler is garbage.
The org has about10 Bobby Butler's and better on the way up. Long overde, kudos to Murray and I am not generally on to sing his praises.
I like Bobby Butler, but he's just a victim of having too many bodies at this point. You have to assume that Murray did his due diligence in shopping him around, and if they're buying him out it's unlikely any of the other 29 teams were willing to part with an asset for him.
If he does go, best of luck to Bobby Butlahhhh, I hope he thrives wherever he goes... but preferably in the West.
Management will rue this day. I'm really disappointed; Butler gets no respect. The team that takes him has a real gem.
@S_Church One of the things I completely forgot to include in the two latest posts on Butler is that he foolishly tried to play through an injury that he suffered in camp and didn't disclose it until later on. I think he can play produce some modest totals with a full NHL season. Watch him go to NYI and replace Parenteau on Tavares' line.
@Nichols6thSens That's the exact reason I don't see why management doesn't give him another go. Other players who have had a bad season because of injury (regin) or otherwise have been given multiple opportunities. Its not like butler has been a total dud the whole time. His first 36 games were pretty good for a rookie. The cash savings is negligible. Maybe no one liked the guy but I remain unconvinced that this move is a good one.
Sure the likelihood of him scoring at that pace is unlikely but at his cap hit, our cap situation and our roster, that is a chance I would take. Having a body like Butler around would be good to keep pushing the other guys as well.
IMO, there has to be something else behind this. He either wanted out or there was a falling out because this doesn't make sense.