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The Buffalo Sabres loosened some of their logjam on defense just as the NHL trade deadline hit Monday afternoon, sending Nathan Beaulieu to the Winnipeg Jets for a sixth-round pick. The deal was announced about 3:40 p.m. on TSN, and the Sabres confirmed it 90 minutes later. Beaulieu, 26, was scheduled to be in the Sabres' lineup for Monday's game against the Toronto Map…

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SUNRISE, Fla. – Nathan Beaulieu is well aware the countdown clock has, in fact, slipped under a week to go. By the time the NHL trade deadline hits next Monday afternoon, the Buffalo Sabres' defenseman is a good bet to have a new team. Beaulieu is waiting for his phone to ring to get the go-ahead to play again. Until then, he practices with the Sabres knowing there's li…

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DALLAS – Buffalo Sabres coach Phil Housley debunked the theory that he gives preferential treatment to all veteran players, scratching Jason Pominville and Matt Hunwick for Wednesday night's game against the Dallas Stars in American Airlines Center. Neither Pominville nor Hunwick were scratched because of injury, Housley said. Instead, the change was made to get "fresh"…

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VANCOUVER — Nathan Beaulieu wants to play for the Buffalo Sabres. If Beaulieu can't break into the lineup, Beaulieu would prefer to go elsewhere. Following a report that he requested a trade, Beaulieu, a 26-year-old defenseman, told reporters Thursday afternoon in Vancouver that he holds no ill feelings toward the Sabres or his teammates. However, Beaulieu believes h…

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CALGARY – Nathan Beaulieu's time with the Buffalo Sabres could be coming to an end. Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reported Wednesday night that Beaulieu, a 26-year-old defenseman, requested to be traded ahead of a game against the Calgary Flames in Scotiabank Saddledome. Beaulieu was a healthy scratch has played only three of the Sabres' past 14 games. He struggled in …

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The Buffalo Sabres' defense could be closer to full strength when they return to Washington for a Friday prime-time matchup against the Capitals in Capital One Arena. Jake McCabe and Lawrence Pilut, both on injured reserve, could return to the lineup either Friday against the Capitals or Saturday when the Sabres host the Anaheim Ducks in KeyBank Center, coach Phil Housl…

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NASHVILLE – Rasmus Dahlin's influence is growing. The 18-year-old was named the NHL's Rookie of the Month on Saturday and it's no coincidence the Buffalo Sabres' defense corps has made a huge leap in productivity this year with the No. 1 overall pick in the lineup. "I'm getting more comfortable with the puck and better in the D zone too," Dahlin said here Sunday. "I tak…

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Ten wins in a row. Say it slowly: Ten. Wins. In. A. Row. Think about that. It's the talk of the NHL. It's moving into talk-of-the-sports-world territory. It's historic for the Buffalo Sabres. And after all we've seen the last five years, it's just patently ridiculous. And that's said with the highest of compliments. Pinch yourself. It's real. Tuesday night's th…

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MONTREAL — Defenseman Nathan Beaulieu was in the Buffalo Sabres' lineup for just the second time in eight games Thursday night and it was no coincidence. Coach Phil Housley said after practice Wednesday that Beaulieu's attitude the last couple weeks as an accidental healthy scratch has been excellent. And the coach was playing an obvious hunch as well: As a former first…

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With the Montreal Canadiens in town, Nathan Beaulieu joined old teammates for dinner Thursday. He chewed on a healthy scratch Friday. The Buffalo Sabres defenseman watched his two NHL teams face each other in KeyBank Center. A minor upper-body ailment kept Beaulieu away from an optional morning skate, but coach Phil Housley made it clear that was not why Beaulieu was…

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Only three home games remain for the Buffalo Sabres, starting with Friday's visit by Montreal. Here are Five Things to Know as the Sabres hope to impress the folks in KeyBank Center. 1. It's Friday night Friday was historically the Sabres' big home date. This will be only the seventh (and final) Friday home game. The Sabres haven't hosted a Friday night game since…

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Nathan Beaulieu doesn't mince words when it comes to the Toronto Maple Leafs. "I've had hatred for them since I was born," the Buffalo Sabres defenseman said Thursday night. "Growing up close to Toronto, I was never a Leafs fan." Beaulieu obviously gets pumped up for games against the Leafs, but his team wasn't ready for the start of this one. So late in the first pe…

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EDMONTON, Alberta – Nathan Beaulieu's trip to western Canada was a short one. The Sabres defenseman likely suffered a concussion just 3:11 into Monday's game in Calgary. After flying to Edmonton following the contest, he hitched a ride back to Buffalo on Tuesday for evaluation and treatment. It's believed to be the second concussion of the season for Beaulieu, who ab…

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CALGARY – Chad Johnson gave the Sabres a chance to win. Jack Eichel made sure they did. Eichel ripped home a one-timer with 1:30 gone in overtime Monday, delivering a much-needed pick-me-up to Buffalo in the form of a 2-1 victory. Johnson, a Calgary resident who had a solid season for Calgary last year, stopped 32 of 33 shots in his homecoming. The Sabres celebrated …

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The cherished moments worked both ways. For the patients in Roswell Park Cancer Institute and their families, it was a chance to spend time with athletes they watch on television. For the Buffalo Sabres, it was an opportunity to see the fighting spirit of sick children, meet adults going through tough times and shake the hands of selfless caregivers. The Sabres' holi…