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Will Butcher officially rejects Avs, will test free agency

Will Butcher will be a free agent after he is officially rejecting the Avalanche offer. Word is he will talk to the Devils, Sabres and Golden Knights, among other teams, starting on Wednesday.

Will Butcher was drafted by the Colorado Avalanche in the fifth round of the 2013 NHL Draft — four years later, the 2017 Hobey Baker winner is now leaving the Avalanche organization without every signing a contract with the team.

After winning the 2017 NCAA National Championship with DU in April, Butcher was offered an entry-level deal by the Avs, but he declined it — he wanted to test the waters. Word is that this could have something to do with rumors of the Avalanche not being interested in him in years past.

According the Mike Chambers of the Denver Post earlier today, Butcher plans to speak with at least three teams that have shown interest; the New Jersey Devils, Buffalo Sabres and Vegas Golden Knights.

Chambers provided the information that we are sharing with you, and he went on to say that Patrick Roy’s input of not wanting “undersized defensemen” could have led to the differences in the past.

It’s well known now that the Avs interest in Butcher definitely increased this year with his National Championship and Hobey Baker accomplishments, but this bridge seems to have been burned a long time ago…

It will be interesting to see where Butcher ends up, as you know he will likely carry this grudge with Colorado to the ice — and he will probably do very well against the Avalanche, as always seems to be the case with players after they leave the organization.

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