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Report: Devils, Sabres, Vegas in on Hobey Baker winner Butcher

2017 NCAA Div I Men's Ice Hockey Championships

CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 08: Will Butcher #4 of the Denver Pioneers holds the trophy after a win over the Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs during the 2017 NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Championship game at the United Center on April 8, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. Denver defeated Minnesota-Duluth 3-2. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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The Will Butcher sweepstakes began today, and there are already a few interested suitors lined up.

Per the Denver Post, Butcher -- the Denver University product that captured this year’s Hobey Baker -- has officially balked on signing with the team that drafted him, the Colorado Avalanche, and will begin talking to various NHL clubs.

Teams that are expected to pursue the now-free agent include New Jersey, Buffalo and the expansion Golden Knights, per the Post.

Butcher, 22, is coming off a terrific senior campaign with the Pioneers. He captained the school to an NCAA title while emerging as the top offensive d-man in the country. The 5-foot-10, 186-pounder racked up seven goals and 37 points in 43 games.

Originally taken in the fifth round of the ’13 draft by Colorado, Butcher has gone through a number of up and downs with the organization. At first, the Avs reportedly had no interest in signing him to a pro contract, only for GM Joe Sakic to pull a 180 and say the team wanted him.

Butcher responded by saying he didn’t want the Avs to make him an offer.