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Flames add to defense, ink Butler for two years

Friday, 07.01.2011 / 1:37 PM

By Compiled By - NHL.com Staff / Free Agency '11 Blog

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Flames add to defense, ink Butler for two years
The Calgary Flames signed defenseman Chris Butler on Friday to a two-year contract worth a reported $2.5 million.

Butler, 24, played all three of his NHL seasons with the Buffalo Sabres, posting 5 goals and 31 assists in 155 games.

Calgary acquired Butler, a restricted free agent, along with Paul Bryon on a draft day trade with the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for Robyn Regehr, Ales Kotalik and Calgary’s second pick in the 2012 Entry Draft.
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