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Sabres, Beaulieu avoid arbitration with two-year deal

The Sabres and defenseman Nathan Beaulieu avoided arbitration by agreeing to a two-year deal Monday that carries an average annual value of $2.4 million.

Beaulieu, acquired in a June trade with Montreal, was one of three Sabres to file for arbitration, along with goaltender Robin Lehner and forward Johan Larsson. All three agreed to contracts before Friday's deadline for arbitration hearings.

Beaulieu's deal carries the fifth-largest cap hit of Sabres defenseman, according to figures from Cap Friendly, trailing Rasmus Ristolainen ($5.4 million), Zach Bogosian ($5.1 million), Marco Scandella ($4 million) and Josh Gorges ($3.9 million). Beaulieu's previous contract had an AAV of $1.275 million.

Beaulieu, 24, totaled four goals and 24 assists in 74 games last season. He had a goal-for percentage of 55.79 and a 50.65 Corsi percentage on the Atlantic Division champions while playing 19:29 a game.

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