Defenseman Will Butcher is attracting plenty of interest on his first day as an NHL free agent since college hockey's top player turned down an opportunity to sign with the Colorado Avalanche.
It's the deadline for college free agents to sign with their original teams, and each Aug. 15, there's usually a host of interesting names that hit the open market. This year, the biggest name among the college free agent crop will be defenseman Will Butcher, a draft pick of the Colorado Avalanche
With most of its offseason business conducted already, and training camps not opening until mid-September, August is the redheaded stepchild of months when it comes to the National Hockey League. Team executives squeeze in some vacation time after largely filling out their rosters in July with trades