It’s a fun environment to be in but March 5th is part of the business and you have to be prepared for those things. - Chris Butler
CALGARY, AB -- Calgary Flames defenceman Chris Butler doesn’t need a calendar to know the National Hockey League’s trade deadline is just eight days away.
He’s more than aware that March 5th looms and that, as an unrestricted free agent at seasons end, his tenure in Calgary could be drawing to a close.
“You do think about it a little bit,” Butler said. “I think it’s just human nature. I think situations handle themselves as long as you do your job as a professional.”
Butler signed a one-year, $1.7 million contract last July that will expire at the end of the season. Though his future is unclear, there’s one thing the 27-year-old is certain of.
He hopes to remain a member of the Flames.
“I enjoy playing here and my goal is to stay here,” Butler said.
“I love coming to the rink and being around these guys,” Butler said. “I think we’ve got a pretty special group. This year we’ve got a completely different feel than years past. We’ve really gelled and that run we had before the break was a testament to the hard work the guys have put in this year. It’s a fun environment to be in but March 5th is part of the business and you have to be prepared for those things.”
In 58 games this season, Butler has two goals and 10 points and is a minus-16. In three seasons with the Flames, the St. Louis, MO product has five goals and 33 points in 170 games.