Butler to Buffalo; Gerbe on IR

The Sabres have called-up defenseman Chris Butler. In his first pro season after leaving Denver (WCHA) a year early, the St. Louis native is expected to make his NHL debut when the Sabres host the Kings on Friday.
BUFFALO, NY (December 18, 2008) Buffalo Sabres GM Darcy Regier announced today the Sabres have recalled defenseman Chris Butler and forward Matt Ellis from Portland (AHL). In addition, Regier also announced that Nathan Gerbe has been placed on Injured Reserve. Butler (10/27/1986, 6’1”, 200 lbs.) has 12 points (2+10) and 14 PIMs in 27 games in his first professional season with Portland. A native of St. Louis, Mo., Butler played college hockey with the University of Denver for three years before turning pro. He finished with 66 points (20+46) in 115 games for the Pioneers, with 11 of his 20 goals coming on the power play. Butler was Buffalo’s 4th-round selection (96th overall) in the 2005 Entry Draft.
Nathan Gerbe, who has one point with a +3 in five games with Buffalo, heads to the injured reserve list with an upper body injury.
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