Blues sign defenseman Chris Butler to one-year contract
St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has signed defenseman and St. Louis native Chris Butler to a one-year contract. In addition, the club signed forward Cody Beach to a one-year, two-way contract.
Butler, 28, appeared in 33 regular-season games with the Blues last season, posting nine points (three goals, six assists) and 23 penalty minutes. He also logged nine points (one goal, eight assists) and six penalty minutes in 14 regular-season games with the Blues' American Hockey League affiliate, the Chicago Wolves.
Overall, the 6-foot-1, 200-pound defenseman has appeared in seven NHL seasons, including stints with St. Louis, Calgary and Buffalo. He has totaled 84 points (13 goals, 71 assists) and 181 penalty minutes in 382 career regular-season games, as well as one assist and 10 penalty minutes in seven career playoff appearances. The Chaminade College Prep and University of Denver alum was originally signed by the Blues as a free agent on July 16, 2014.
Beach, 22, spent the majority of last season with the Chicago Wolves, recording nine points (two goals, seven assists) and 210 penalty minutes in 41 regular-season games, as well as six penalty minutes in four postseason appearances. In addition, the 6-5, 206-pound forward dressed in six games with the Blues' East Coast Hockey League affiliate, the Alaska Aces, serving 26 penalty minutes.
Overall, Beach has totaled 27 points (nine goals, 18 assists) in 98 career AHL games and 12 points (four goals, eight assists) in 37 career ECHL contests. The Nanaimo, British Columbia, native was originally drafted by the Blues in the fifth round, 134th overall, of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.