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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

continued

Montreal press release is below...

MONTREAL -- The Canadiens traded defenseman Nathan Beaulieu to the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday in return for a third-round pick -- 68th overall -- at the 2017 NHL Draft.

Beaulieu completed his fifth season with the Canadiens in 2016-17.

A former first-round pick from 2011, the 24-year-old rearguard registered four goals and 24 assists in 74 games during his most recent campaign. He also took part in five playoff games, picking up an assist with a minus-3 differential duyring the postseason.

With Buffalo's pick, the Habs now hold six picks heading into this month's draft.

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bigdee89's avatar

I guess the Habs don’t like good young defencemen anymore.

Posted by bigdee89 from The Great White North Eh? on 06/17/17 at 02:45 PM ET

WingedRider's avatar

Posted by bigdee89 from The Great White North Eh? on 06/17/17 at 02:45 PM ET

Apparently neither does Holland

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 06/17/17 at 04:10 PM ET

bigdee89's avatar

Apparently neither does Holland

I was going to say something but there’s so much Holland bashing going on ( and so far deserved). 

Man I hope he doesn’t screw this up worse than it is.

Posted by bigdee89 from The Great White North Eh? on 06/17/17 at 05:35 PM ET

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