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Will Butcher to decide future Sunday with ‘Vegas still in mix’

Updated August 24, 2017 - 6:19 pm

College free-agent defenseman Will Butcher, who visited the Golden Knights this week, is expected to announce his NHL future on Sunday.

“The plan is to decide on Sunday, but not set in stone,” Butcher’s agent, Brian Bartlett, wrote in a text message to the Review-Journal on Thursday. “Vegas still in the mix.”

The Golden Knights, Buffalo Sabres and New Jersey Devils appear to be the top contenders for Butcher, who won the Hobey Baker Award last season as college hockey’s top player and captained the University of Denver to the national championship.

One team that could jump back into the fray for Butcher is Colorado, which originally drafted him in the fifth round in 2013.

The Avalanche failed to sign Butcher by the Aug. 15 deadline, making him an unrestricted free agent.

Butcher visited with the Golden Knights on Tuesday and was in Colorado on Thursday skating at the University of Denver’s pro camp.

The 5-foot-10-inch Butcher produced 37 points in 43 games as a senior and would give the Knights a much-needed offensive presence along the blue line.

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Contact David Schoen at dschoen@reviewjournal.com or 702-387-5203. Follow @DavidSchoenLVRJ on Twitter.

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