Understanding his days were numbered in Montreal, defenceman Nathan Beaulieu welcomed a trade that sent him to a Buffalo Sabres.
Aside from removing a uninformed start with a Phil Housley-coached group fixation a value on puck-moving defencemen, Beaulieu voiced service he didn’t have to understanding with a doubt of being unprotected in a NHL’s enlargement draft.
“It really took a highlight turn off me,” Beaulieu pronounced during a discussion call Sunday, a day after being traded. “Having that occur only before a [trade] freeze was a outrageous whine of relief. And going to Buffalo was a bonus.”
The Sabres gave adult a third-round collect in sell for a 2011 first-round preference who finished his third full deteriorate in Montreal.
The understanding was struck only before NHL teams were compulsory to contention their stable lists for a Vegas Golden Knights enlargement draft.
Though it’s misleading either he would be comparison by Vegas on Wednesday, a 24-year-old was certain a Canadiens would not have stable him. Buffalo, on a other hand, stable their new further during a responsibility of exposing dual some-more high-profile and higher-priced defencemen in Zach Bogosian and Josh Gorges.
The trade didn’t warn Beaulieu, who sensed his destiny in Montreal was capricious once his personification time began to lessen underneath manager Claude Julien. He was scratched twice in a final month of a unchanging deteriorate and also benched for Game 6 of a first-round playoff array in that a Canadiens were separated by a New York Rangers in April.
Despite his inconsistencies, Beaulieu had career-bests with 4 goals and 28 points in 74 games, while averaging 19-1/2 mins of ice time.
In Buffalo, he will be given a event to play a top-four purpose on a group retooling a counterclaim underneath Housley , who was hired on Thursday. Housley spent a past 4 seasons as an partner manager in Nashville, where a Hall-of-Famer was credited for overseeing a Predators’ rapid and play-making defensive section that enclosed P.K. Subban and Roman Josi.
Though he’s not informed with Housley, Beaulieu believes he’s improved matched to play in Buffalo as against to Montreal, that lucky a defencemen personification a some-more imperishable style.
“I’ve got a outrageous event to re-grow my diversion with a man who played a diversion likewise to a approach we would like to play it,” Beaulieu said, observant he also had a brief discuss with Housley following a trade.
He declined to contend either he gimlet any grudges toward a Canadiens.
“I’m not going to get into too most about Montreal,” pronounced Beaulieu, who grew adult in southern Ontario, about a 2-1/2-hour expostulate from Buffalo. “I’m focused on Buffalo.”