Blues make a pair of signings

Special to the News-DemocratJuly 16, 2014 

The St. Louis Blues announced the signing of defenseman and St. Louis native Chris Butler and forward Benn Ferriero to one-year, two-way contracts on Wednesday.

Butler, 27, appeared in all 82 games with Calgary last season, posting 16 points (two goals, 14 assists) and 39 penalty minutes.

Overall, the 6-foot, 1-inch, 194-pound defenseman has appeared in six NHL seasons including stints with Calgary and Buffalo. He has totaled 75 points (10 goals, 65 assists) and 158 penalty minutes in 349 career regular season games, as well as one assist and 10 penalty minutes in seven playoff appearances.

Internationally, Butler has represented the United States three times, including the 2013 World Championships, where he earned a bronze medal.

The Chaminade College Prep and University of Denver alum was originally drafted by Buffalo in the fourth round of the 2005 draft

Ferriero, 27, spent the majority of last season with the American Hockey League"s (AHL) Utica Comets, ranking third on the club with 39 points and second with 19 goals in 54 regular season appearances. In addition, he dressed in two games with the Vancouver Canucks in 2013-14.

Overall, the 5-11, 187-pound forward has appeared in five NHL seasons, including stints with San Jose (2009-12), the New York Rangers (2012-13) and Vancouver. He has accrued 23 points (14 goals, nine assists) in 98 career regular season games, as well as one goal in eight career postseason games.

A National Champion with Boston College in 2008, Ferriero has also totaled 172 points (71 goals, 101 assists) in 232 AHL regular season games, and six points (four goals, two assists) in 11 AHL playoff appearances.

The Boston, Massachusetts native was originally drafted by Arizona in the seventh round of the 2006 draft.

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