BUFFALO, N.Y. (June 26, 2017) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has tendered a qualifying offer to the following restricted free agents:
Forwards Marcus Foligno, Zemgus Girgensons, Johan Larsson, Evan Rodrigues; defenseman Nathan Beaulieu; goaltender Robin Lehner.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (June 17, 2017) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has acquired defenseman Nathan Beaulieu from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for Buffalo’s third-round pick (68th overall) in the 2017 NHL Draft.
Beaulieu (6’2”, 205 lbs., 12/5/1992) appeared in his fifth NHL season with the Canadiens in 2016-17, logging career highs in games played (74), goals (4), assists (24) and points (28). In 225 career NHL regular-season games, Beaulieu has totaled 60 points (7+53) and a plus-19 rating, adding four points in 17 career playoff games.
A first-round pick (17th overall) in the 2011 NHL Draft, Beaulieu was drafted by the Canadiens after four seasons in the QMJHL with the Saint John Sea Dogs that included a Memorial Cup championship in 2011 and QMJHL titles in 2011 and 2012. A native of Strathroy, Ontario he also won a bronze medal while representing Canada at the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship.
Following this trade, the Sabres still have seven picks in the 2017 NHL Draft in the following rounds: 1st, 2nd, 2nd (from Minnesota), 3rd (from Washington), 4th, 6th and 7th.
- With the win, the Sabres improved to 26-15-6 all-time in the final home game of the season.
- Jack Eichel’s first-period assist gave him career-high totals in assists (33) and points (57) in 22 fewer games than he played in 2015-16.
- With his assist on Tyler Ennis’ goal, Evander Kane now has seven points (2+5) in his last seven games against the Canadiens.
- Ryan O’Reilly’s assist tonight gives him eight points (1+7) in eight games against Montreal since joining the Sabres.
- Injury Update: Marcus Foligno left tonight’s game with a knee injury.
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Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma
Sabres forward Ryan O’Reilly
Sabres forward Jack Eichel
Sabres forward Tyler Ennis
Canadiens head coach Claude Julien
Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty
Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher
Canadiens forward Tomas Plekanec
Canadiens defenseman Nathan Beaulieu