BUFFALO, NY (December 18, 2008) – Buffalo Sabres GM Darcy Regier announced today the Sabres have recalled defenseman Chris Butler and forward Matt Ellis from Portland (AHL). In addition, Regier also announced that Nathan Gerbe has been placed on Injured Reserve.
Butler (10/27/1986, 6’1”, 200 lbs.) has 12 points (2+10) and 14 PIMs in 27 games in his first professional season with Portland. A native of St. Louis, Mo., Butler played college hockey with the University of Denver for three years before turning pro. He finished with 66 points (20+46) in 115 games for the Pioneers, with 11 of his 20 goals coming on the power play. Butler was Buffalo’s 4th-round selection (96th overall) in the 2005 Entry Draft.
Ellis (8/31/81, 6’1”, 210 lbs.) has picked up four points (2+2) in 12 games with Portland this season. He started the season in Buffalo and was held pointless in seven games, after being claimed off waivers from Los Angeles in the preseason. Ellis has eight points (3+5) in 77 career NHL games with Buffalo, Los Angeles and Detroit.
Gerbe didn’t play in Wednesday’s loss to New Jersey, after suffering an upper body injury in last Saturday’s 4-2 win over the Devils. Gerbe had one point in five games since being recalled from Portland on December 6.