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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.