Sabres express interest in Will Butcher, two sides hoping to talk soon

Posted: 12:55 AM, Aug 16, 2017
Updated: 2017-08-16 04:55:46Z

That didn't take long.

Just minutes after becoming an unrestricted free agent the Buffalo Sabres reached out to Will Butcher's camp, expressing their interest in signing the 22-year-old defenseman. According to Butcher's agent, the two sides are hoping to engage in further discussions in the near future (possibly as soon as Wednesday).

The 2017 Hobey Baker Award winner was drafted in the fifth round of the 2013 NHL Draft by the Colorado Avalanche. Since Butcher never signed with Colorado, he now has the right under the NHL's collective bargaining agreement to sign with any team.

In four seasons with the University of Denver, Butcher posted an impressive 103 points in 158 games. In April Butcher helped lead the Pioneers to the school's eighth national championship in program history.

According to The Denver Post, Butcher is also expected to meet with the Vegas Golden Knights and New Jersey Devils.