Blues sign defenseman Chris Butler to one-year deal
JUL 16, 6:31p ET | FOX Sports Midwest
Rotowire: Apr 12 / 1:40p ET
News: Butler collected an assist in Saturday's 4-2 win over the Wild.
Impact: Butler finished the game with the second-lowest TOI (19:18) among the Blues' defensemen, which puts his status on some shaky ground heading into the postseason. With coach Ken Hitchcock resting star blueliners Alex Pietrangelo and Kevin Shattenkirk in Saturday's regular-season finale, Butler seems at risk of opening the first round of the playoffs in the press box.
Rotowire: Mar 8 / 9:31a ET
News: Butler tallied a shorthanded goal in his return to the lineup Saturday against the Maple Leafs.
Impact: With Jay Bouwmeester a late scratch due to an illness, Butler made just his third appearance in a little over two weeks. Though he had a productive outing Saturday, Butler doesn't figure to enjoy a stranglehold on a regular lineup spot going forward, especially with Zbynek Michalek (concussion) and Kevin Shattenkirk (abdominal surgery) nearing returns to action.
Rotowire: Feb 4 / 9:53a ET
News: Butler attempted three shots and contributed the assist on Jaden Schwartz's overtime game-winner Tuesday against the Lightning.
Impact: Kevin Shattenkirk appears set to miss significant time due to abdominal surgery, opening up a regular lineup spot for Butler in the interim. Butler turned in a productive showing in his return to active duty, but he won't have nearly the fantasy upside that Shattenkirk provided for owners. In over 20 games this season, Butler has a mere five points.