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Flames sign defenseman Chris Butler

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames
CALGARY, AB – The Calgary Flames announced today the signing of defenseman Chris Butler.

“We are very pleased to have Chris signed for the next two years." said Flames general manager Jay Feaster. " This enables him to focus solely on preparing for the upcoming season and not have to worry about his contract status. We are confident that he is going to make a very solid contribution to our team, and we look forward to welcoming him to Camp in September.”

Butler, a native of St. Louis, Missouri, spent the last three seasons with the Buffalo Sabres accumulating five goals and 31 assists along with 66 penalty minutes in 155 games. He was originally drafted by Buffalo in the 4th round (96th overall) in the 2005 NHL Draft.

Calgary acquired Butler along with Paul Bryon on a draft day trade with the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for Robyn Regehr, Alex Kotalik and Calgary’s 2nd pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

Contract Terms: Two year contract at $1,250,000 per season.

CHRIS BUTLER - DEFENSE
BORN:              St. Louis, MO        DATE:       October 27, 1986
HEIGHT:    6’1”            WEIGHT:  200 lbs.
SHOOTS:    Left
DRAFTED: BUF 4th round (96th overall) in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.
HOW ACQUIRED: Traded along with Paul Bryon on June 25, 2011 in exchange for Robyn Regehr, Ales Kotalik and Calgary’s 2nd round pick in 2012.

Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM +/- GP G A Pts PIM
2003-04 Sioux City Musketeers USHL 55 3 6 9 37 4 7 0 1 1 6
2004-05 Sioux City Musketeers USHL 60 6 22 28 90 36 13 1 6 7 10
2005-06 U. of Denver WCHA 35 7 15 22 28 -- -- -- -- -- --
2006-07 U. of Denver WCHA 39 10 17 27 42 -- -- -- -- -- --
2007-08 U. of Denver WCHA 41 3 14 17 38 -- -- -- -- -- --
2008-09 Portland Pirates AHL 27 2 10 12 14 -3 4 0 0 0 0
2008-09 Buffalo Sabres NHL 47 2 4 6 18 11 -- -- -- -- --
2009-10 Buffalo Sabres NHL 59 1 20 21 22 -15 -- -- -- -- --
2010-11 Buffalo Sabres NHL 49 2 7 9 26 8 7 0 1 1 10
  TOTALS NHL 155 5 31 36 66 4 7 0 1 1 10
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