While some folks thought he could sign a new two-way contract with the St. Blues Blues after their first franchise’s championship, veteran defenseman Chris Butler has decided to hang up the skates.
The 32-year-old blue liner played with his hometown Blues since signing with the team prior to the 2014-15 season and had been a consistent eighth/AHL defender during that time.
That might be why he finally decided to retire on Tuesday as Blues insider Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic made the announcement, adding that Butler could choose to continue his career in coaching.
This past season, Butler took part in 13 games with the Blues, including his 400th career game in the NHL. He collected a goal and an assist.
He also played 51 games with the San Antonio Rampage, the team he captained in the AHL. He recorded two goals and 21 points.
Butler was selected in the fourth round, 96th overall by the Buffalo Sabres back in 2005. He also wore the colours of the Calgary Flames. In 407 games during his NHL career, Butler posted a total of 14 goals and 86 points.
We wish him all the best moving forward!