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June 14, 2013

HUBERDEAU UP FOR MAJOR AWARD: Calder Trophy Winner Announced Saturday Night

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Florida's Jonathan Huberdeau could become the franchise's first winner of the Calder Memorial Trophy for the league's top rookie on Saturday night.

The NHL will announce winners for a number of awards -- including the Calder, Hart (MVP), Norris (top defenseman) and Vezina (top goalie) -- prior to Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals.

Winners for other awards, including top coach, were scheduled to be announced on Friday.

Saturday's awards will be broadcast on NBC Sports Network at 7 p.m.

Huberdeau, the third overall pick in the 2011 draft, tied for the rookie lead with 31 points off 14 goals. The other finalists are Montreal's Brandon Gallagher and Chicago's Brandon Saad.

HUBERDEAU UP FOR MAJOR AWARD: Calder Trophy Winner Announced Saturday Night

PANTHERS MAKE A DEAL: Florida Acquires Bobby Butler for T.J. Brennan

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The Panthers made a minor deal on Friday, sending defenseman T.J. Brennan to Nashville in exchange for right winger Bobby Butler.

Brennan, acquired this past season from Buffalo, played well in his short stint in Sunrise. Butler has bounced around the past few seasons. After playing for the Senators in 2011-12, he played for New Jersey and the Predators last season.

Both Brennan and Butler are restricted free agents come July.

Assistant general manager Mike Santos said Thursday that Florida doesn't have to tender its RFA players -- such as Jacob Markstrom, Peter Mueller, Shawn Matthias and, now, Butler -- until July 2. Santos added that the Panthers will tender those they want to tender prior to that deadline, however.

Butler, 26, is a Massachusetts guy who has 48 NHL points off 20 goals in 120 games. Butler scored four goals in 34 games between the Devils and Predators last season.