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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