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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.


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Huh... well this is a little odd... I liked Brennan and what he brought. Wish him best of luck in Nashville, and we will see what Butler can do. I wonder if he might be someone that is eyed for San Antonio?

Defence now looks interesting: Campbell, Gudbranson, Jovo, Kulikov, Kuba, Weaver. Have to think we are looking to sign one more in FA, or trade... Or maybe they liked what Petrovic/Robak brought...

There is that other option too.... but I am still crossing my fingers and toes for the Cats to grab MacKinnon.

I thought Brennan played well when he was with the big club.

The Panthers are bargain barn shoppers and Brennan would cost them more money. If Viner cannot improve the team to be a winner, then sell the team. Just because you lower the prices, doesn't mean people will pay hard earned money to see losers.

Yea, curious move to me, I thought Brennan played well enough to stay up again next year. Maybe the money was coming into play here, not sure. Thought he was a good young player, especially since he wa sa Dineen guy.

Don't quite get this move...

Bobby Butler needs a chance to show what he can do he has the skills to be a 20 goal scorer in this league just has had confidence issues. Once he was comfortable in Nashville and playing more than 7 mins a game he started putting up points. Look for him to be on your powerplay setting up for that wrist shot. Good Luck Bobby. Maybe some to that old Marlboro High Panther Pride will carry over to the Florida Panthers!!!

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