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Chicago Blackhawks Not Interested in Will Butcher According to Report

CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 8: Will Butcher
CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 8: Will Butcher /
CHICAGO, IL – APRIL 8: Will Butcher
CHICAGO, IL – APRIL 8: Will Butcher /

After a few days of rumors and speculation, it seems like the Blackhawks will not be in the running to land free agent defenseman Will Butcher.

According to the very reliable Scott Powers at The Athletic, it appears the Chicago Blackhawks are not pursuing University of Denver free agent Will Butcher.

"The Blackhawks have not reached out to free agent defenseman Will Butcher and forward Alex Kerfoot as of Wednesday afternoon, according to sources. Both became free agents at 12 a.m. ET after their draft rights expired on Tuesday."

The Blackhawks not reaching out to Butcher is a bit of a surprise with their lack of depth at the blue line and the cheap contract that Butcher will be signing for his first two league years. But, as Powers notes, the decision could be to give the other players currently on the roster the opportunity to perform and make an impression.

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Currently the Blackhawks organizational defensive depth includes Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook, Connor Murphy, Michal Kempny, Gustav Forsling, Jan Rutta, Jordan Oesterle, Erik Gustafsson and Michal Rozsival. While Butcher may not have cracked the ‘Hawks starting lineup on opening night if he had signed with the team, the list of defenseman on the roster is certainly not overwhelming.

Powers also notes that the Blackhawks will not be in on the sweepstakes of Alex Kerfoot, another college free agent looking to find his permanent team.

We will update with any other Butcher news as we hear it.