The Bobby Butler era ends, Ottawa Senators buy out his contract

Bobby Butler’s days with the Ottawa Senators officially ended early Friday afternoon.

Bobby Butler’s days with the Ottawa Senators officially ended early Friday afternoon.
Shortly after he cleared waivers, the Senators bought out the final year of his contract.
Scheduled to make $1.2 million in 2012-13, Butler, 25, was bought out for $400,000.
That will be paid to him in $200,000 installments over the next two years.
His salary-cap hit, according to capgeek.com, will be $50,000 next year, and $200,000 in 2013-14
After getting 10 goals and 11 assists in 36 games with the Senators in 2010-11, and 22 goals and 11 assists in 47 games in Binghamton, there was some hope Butler could find a spot among the team’s top-six forwards.
But he was a bust in 2011-12, getting only six goals and 10 assists in 56 games.
And with a number of prospects expected to contend for, and likely win, spots on next year’s rosters, Butler was on his way to being the odd-man out.
For the Senators, buying him out was far cheaper than paying him $1.2 million to play in Binghamton.
Without him, the Senators will still have 12 players under one-way contracts, including Daniel Alfredsson, who has not yet decided if he will return for another season.
Butler was originally signed as a free agent out of the University of New Hampshire, where he served as the team captain.

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