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Nathan Beaulieu And The Buffalo Sabres Agree To A Two-Year Contract

BUFFALO, N.Y. (July 31, 2017) --- The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has signed defenseman Nathan Beaulieu to a two-year contract with an average annual value (AAV) of $2.4 million.

A first-round pick (17th overall) in the 2011 NHL Draft, Beaulieu (6’2”, 205 lbs., 12/5/1992) was acquired by the Sabres in June after the defenseman turned in career-high totals in games played (74), goals (4), assists (24) and points (28) during his fifth NHL season with the Montreal Canadiens in 2016-17.

Beaulieu has appeared in 225 career NHL regular-season games, recording 60 points (7+53) and a plus-19 rating. The Strathroy, Ontario native has added four points in 17 career playoff games with the Canadiens.

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A One-Year Contract Worth $4M For Robin Lehner In Buffalo

BUFFALO, N.Y. (July 25, 2017) --- The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has signed goaltender Robin Lehner to a one-year contract worth $4 million.

Lehner (6’4”, 239 lbs., 7/24/1991) set new career highs in games played (59), wins (23) and shutouts (2) in 2017-18, while also ranking third in the league with 1,758 saves and turning in the ninth-best save percentage (.920) ever recorded by a Sabres goaltender with at least 40 appearances in a season. His .921 save percentage through two seasons with the Sabres ranks sixth among all NHL goaltenders with at least 50 games played during that span.

Since being selected by the Ottawa Senators in the second round (46th overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft, the Gothenburg, Sweden native has appeared in 166 career NHL games. In his seven NHL seasons with the Sabres and Senators, Lehner has logged a 58-71-26 record with a .918 save percentage and a 2.76 goals-against average.

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Kyle Okposo Returned To The Ice Yesterday

from Jessi Pierce at NHL.com,

Buffalo Sabres forward Kyle Okposo skated in a game at Da Beauty League on Wednesday, his first since missing the end of the regular season because of an undisclosed illness.

Okposo took to the ice at Braemar Ice Arena, 19 miles from his hometown of St. Paul, Minnesota. He missed the final six games of last season for the Sabres after feeling ill before the start of a game against the Columbus Blue Jackets on March 28. The 29-year-old reportedly was hospitalized for less than a week after being admitted to Buffalo General Medical Center on April 2.

"Obviously seeing a teammate go through something like that and struggle to get healthy is tough," Sabres forward Hudson Fasching said. "He's such a good guy and going through a lot with that whole deal, trying to figure out what was wrong.

"I'm just happy he's healthy and happy for him to get back."

Okposo, who did not speak to media, gave a wave when the announcer drew the attention of fans during his first shift in the 4-on-4 game. 

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Chad Johnson Signs With Buffalo

BUFFALO, N.Y. (July 1, 2017) --- The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has signed goaltender Chad Johnson to a one-year contract worth $2.5 million.

Johnson (6’3”, 196 lbs., 6/10/1986) appeared in 36 games for the Calgary Flames in 2016-17, posting an 18-15-1 record with a .910 save percentage, a 2.59 goals-against average and a career-best three shutouts. The Saskatoon, Saskatchewan native returns to Buffalo after logging career highs in games played (45) and wins (22) with the Sabres during a 2015-16 campaign which saw him record a 22-16-4 record with a .920 save percentage and a 2.36 goals-against average.

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Marco Scandella Headed To Buffalo From Minnesota

 

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Afternoon Line- Darren Dreger On Evander Kane

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On The Nathan Beaulieu Trade

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

Jason Botterill's reconstruction of the Buffalo Sabres' defense perhaps took a first step Saturday afternoon as the team's new general manger acquired veteran blueliner Nathan Beaulieu from the Montreal Canadiens for a third-round pick in next week's NHL draft.

The Sabres, of course, could have made the deal to leave Beaulieu unprotected and have Vegas take him off their hands instead one of their returning players they would like to keep.

Still, Beaulieu would be an interesting addition to Buffalo's left side on D, allowing the Sabres more flexibility and perhaps the ability to start Brendan Guhle in the minors next season

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Phil Housley Is The New Head Coach Of The Buffalo Sabres

 

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What About Evander Kane To The Vancouver Canucks?

from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,

Can a polarizing left-winger with a scoring touch and checkered past be part of the Vancouver Canucks’ rebuild?

The answers: Absolutely and absolutely not.

Mention the possibility of acquiring 25-year-old Evander Kane in a trade with the Buffalo Sabres, who have a new general manager and are still looking to land an established defenceman like Chris Tanev, Jake Muzzin or Alec Martinez from the Los Angeles Kings, and debate in this market understandably rages like a wildfire.

The Sabres and Kings are open to doing business with new men at the GM helm — Jason Botterill and Rob Blake, respectively — but what about the Canucks? They have in the past expressed an interest in Kane and he might be worth another look.

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Ticket Prices Continue To Increase In Buffalo

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

We just went through what has to rate as one of the better weeks for Terry and Kim Pegula in a long time. They're getting universally praised for their choice of general managers for both the Sabres and Bills, and with good reason. It will be much easier for Jason Botterill and Brandon Beane to win the press conferences than to actually win games, but it was good to see ownership go in a badly-needed new direction.

That's why it was so disappointing to see the Pegulas go in one same old direction again: Soaking their customers.

We shouldn't be surprised the Sabres are raising prices on season tickets yet again, keeping the Pegulas' streak alive of an increase every year since they took over the owners' box. After all, business is business and they didn't get rich by turning down money.

But the lack of respect for the customer continues. And it's hard to fathom. My Twitter feed lit up like a Christmas tree Friday afternoon with angry folks complaining about the latest price hike. For a team that has won absolutely nothing since Pegula hit town in 2011, hitting the wallets of the best customers again is a bit much.

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