Montreal Canadiens trade Nathan Beaulieu

With the NHL expansion of the Golden Knights coming soon, Nathan Beaulieu finds relief among the uncertainty.

Beaulieu will now be a Sabre starting in the 2017-2018 season. The 2011 first-round draft pick was traded for a third-round pick by the Sabres.

“It definitely took the stress level off me,” Beaulieu said during a conference call Sunday, a day after being traded. “Having that happen just before the (trade) freeze was a huge sigh of relief. And going to Buffalo was a bonus.”

Beaulieu struck out on the expansion with Vegas just the day before each team had to send in their safe lists. He had known he wouldn’t be safe with Montreal due to his inconsistent playing, but is looking forward to a new start in Buffalo.

In an article by ESPN, it states that “in Buffalo, he will be given the opportunity to play a top-four role on a team retooling its defense under Housley , who was hired on Thursday. Housley spent the past four seasons as an assistant coach in Nashville, where the Hall-of-Famer was credited for overseeing the Predators’ speedy and play-making defensive unit which included P.K. Subban and Roman Josi.”

“I’ve got a huge opportunity to re-grow my game with a guy who played the game similarly to the way I would like to play it,” Beaulieu said.

Beaulieu’s response to his trade was as professional as it could be, we wish him the best of luck in Buffalo.

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