The Devils re-signed Will Butcher to a three-year contract worth $11.2M ($3.733M AAV).
In his second professional season, Butcher had four goals and 26 assists (30 points) in 78 games. It was a step backwards from his rookie campaign and the Devils’ blueline just got a little more crowded with the offseason addition of P.K. Subban. However, Butcher should still see PP1 time throughout the year and should be a solid No.4 fantasy defenseman option.
Butcher (illness) will not play on Thursday.
Butcher (upper-body) will play on Friday.
The “upper-body” tag was a bit mis-leading as Butcher got his ears cleaned out on Wednesday, then woke up on Thursday with blood in his left ear, unable to hear. He missed yesterday’s practice while he got it cleaned up and is good to go on Friday.
Source: Chris Ryan 03/8/19, 5:20 pm EST
Butcher (lower-body) is not on the ice for warmups; will not play Monday vs. the Canadiens.
Butcher took part in the morning skate but did not come out for warmups and will not play vs. Montreal. Newly acquired Connor Carrick will replace him in the lineup and is expected to see some power-play time in Butcher’s absence.
Butcher (undisclosed) will be in the New Jersey lineup on Thursday.
Butcher was forced to leave Tuesday’s game vs. the Stars with what the Devils described as a “soft tissue” injury, but will play Thursday. Butcher was on the ice for the morning skate, which suggests he’ll play without any limitations vs. the Avalanche. Butcher has three assists and seven shots on goal while averaging 17:19 TOI/GM through the first four games of the season.