Sabres sign Beaulieu ahead of arbitration hearing

July 31, 2017

The final Buffalo Sabres restricted free agent who was scheduled to go to arbitration has signed a new contract.

The Sabres announced on Monday that they gave come to terms on a new two-year deal with defenseman, Nathan Beaulieu. The deal will carry an average annual value of $2.4 million. 

DONE DEAL: We've signed defenseman Nathan Beaulieu (@natebeaulieu) to a two-year contract.

— Buffalo Sabres (@BuffaloSabres) July 31, 2017

Beaulieu was scheduled to have his arbitration hearing with a league arbiter on Friday. Beaulieu was the final scheduled arbitration hearing out of the 30 players who applied for arbitration league-wide.

The Sabres have already avoided arbitraion hearings with forward Johan Larsson and goalie Robin Lehner. Larsson signed a two-year, $2.95 million deal back on July 8. Lehner signed a one-year deal to remain with the Sabres last week Tuesday.

Zemgus Girgensons now remains as the only un-signed restricted free agent for the Sabres, but he did not file for arbitration.

Sabres general manager Jason Botterill acquired Beaulieu back on June 17 from the Montréal Canadiens in exchange for a 2017 third round pick. Beaulieu was the 17th overall pick by the Canadiens back in the 2011 NHL Draft. In 74 games last season, he had four goals and 24 assists.