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College free agent defenseman Will Butcher emailed NHL.comís Mike Morreale to say that heíll announce his team of choice on Sunday.
The number of teams generating legitimate interest is a matter of some debate and conjecture.
Brian Bartlett (Butcherís agent) told Morreale that the Buffalo Sabres and Vegas Golden Knights are among ďas many as four teams in the mix.Ē Meanwhile,
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,† the Denver Postís Mike Chambers puts the number at 10,
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, mentioning the Pittsburgh Penguins and New Jersey Devils while also including the Sabres and Golden Knights.
Chambers notes that Butcher,
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, was seen carrying a Sabres bag:
that indicates that Butcher likely met with Sabres brass recently. Bartlett indicated that Butcher is squeezing in visits before he makes his decision.,More than anything else
Frankly, for all we know, after all.,
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, getting that face-to-face time could conceivably drag this out a bit longer. Itís not like Butcher is contractually obligated to make that choice by Sunday
Bartlett provided Morreale with some interesting insight into the process,
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,echoing earlier stories about Butcher not necessarily demanding an NHL roster spot off the bat.
ďHe wants to play for a team that really understands and believes in him as a player and what he can bring to an organization,
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,Ē Bartlett said. ďThe second part is which team has the opportunity and resources to give him the best chance to be a longtime professional player. We havenít been demanding he make the team right out of [training] camp or have a roster spot. Itís about the process over the next couple of years.Ē,
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, so itís weeding out the ones who just kind of want good players since every team needs good players
Assuming Butcher can make that call by Sunday,
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, getting closure could be welcome by those who are exasperated to hear so much hype about a defenseman who has yet to play a single shift in the NHL.,
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, it will be an exciting moment for those desperate to hear some interesting hockey news. On another note
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