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Will Butcher

It started like so many home games from the past few years. The Sabres started slow, mishandled the puck and looked overmatched. Then they did one thing last season’s Buffalo squad did well: They came back. The Sabres erased two deficits and took a third-period lead in the opening game of their Prospects Challenge. It wasn’t enough to send

For Will Butcher, there was nothing wrong with Buffalo. He knows it’s a great hockey town. He liked the Sabres’ organization. The simple fact is he liked the New Jersey Devils better. The Sabres recruited and wooed Butcher this summer, and the Hobey Baker Award winner made Buffalo one of his four finalists. Ultimately, he chose the Devils in

Will Butcher appreciates the enthusiasm shown by the Sabres and their fans, but the defenseman has decided to make New Jersey his home. The free agent signed a two-year, $1.85 million contract with the Devils on Sunday night. The heavily courted Butcher also considered joining Buffalo and Las Vegas, among others. “It was a difficult decision for Will because

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