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It was announced today that the Florida Panthers have traded defenseman T.J. Brennan to the Nashville Predators for forward Bobby Butler. 

Butler signed with the New Jersey Devils last summer, but was picked up on waivers by the Predators. He finished the season with 4 goals and 7 assists, giving him 11 points. The 26-year old Marlborough, Mass. native also spent much of last with the Albany Devils in the AHL, scoring 16 goals and adding 11 assists, for 27 points.

Brennan, a native of Willingboro, New Jersey, started off with the Buffalo Sabres last season, but was traded midseason to the Florida Panthers. The 24-year old defenseman finished the season with 3 goals and 7 assists, giving him 10 points. Brennan also scored 14 goals and added 21 assists, giving him a total of 35 points.

This was a terrible trade by Florida Panthers general manager Dale Tallon, as Brennan has a huge upside. His offensive totals in the AHL are proof of that, considering that he was averaging just under a point per game as a defenseman. Butler, on the other hand, has shown that he has the ability to produce offensively, but his consistency is non-existant. For the last few seasons, it seemed as though Butler was poised to break out, but he never did. In a few years from now, this will be remembered as a very lopsided traded; more so than it seems now.

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