The New Jersey Devils defensive unit experienced significant changes over the past month.
Andy Greene and Sami Vatanen were shipped off to the New York Islanders and Carolina Hurricanes, respectively, ahead of last month's trade deadline. On Thursday, New Jersey learned it will be without defenseman Will Butcher for the remainder of the season.
The 25-year-old missed seven games since he sustained the injury against the St. Louis Blues on Feb. 18.
Butcher notched 21 points — four goals and 17 assists — this season.
Butcher's absence, along with the departures of Greene and Vatanen, means the Devils are without three of their top four scoring defenseman moving forward — Damon Severson leads all defensemen with 28 points.