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Sabres acquire defenseman Nathan Beaulieu from Canadiens

19 June 2017
Sabres acquire defenseman Nathan Beaulieu from Canadiens

The Buffalo Sabres needed to bolster their blueline and there was a possibility that the Montreal Canadiens were going to lose d-man Nathan Beaulieu to the Las Vegas Golden Knights.

Vancouver Canucks centre Michael Chaput (45) fights for control of the puck with Montreal Canadiens defenceman Nathan Beaulieu (28) during first period National Hockey League action in Vancouver on March 7, 2017.

The 24-year-old defenseman and former first-round draft choice has been a solid player for the Canadiens the last few seasons.

Last season, the defenceman struggled.

On the score sheet, the blue liner had a breakout season; he even opened up the season on the top pairing with Shea Weber.

"Obviously, it's disappointing", Beaulieu said of being a healthy scratch against NY, per the Montreal Gazette. In the Canadiens' final playoff game of the year (Game 6 against the New York Rangers), head coach Claude Julien made Beaulieu a healthy scratch, which was pretty telling.

On Sunday at 10:30am, the National Hockey League announced which players each team had chosen to protect from the upcoming expansion draft.

We won't know until next week, but the Sabres did themselves some good by landing a d-man like Beaulieu.