Nathan Beaulieu could help the defense. ©2017, Hickling Images, Olean Times Herald

Sabres add to defense, trade for Nathan Beaulieu

BUFFALO – It’s no secret the Sabres must improve their blue line if they want to end their six-year playoff drought. So it was hardly surprising Jason Botterill’s first trade as general manager brought defenseman Nathan Beaulieu, a former first-round pick, to the club.

The Sabres on Saturday dealt a third-round pick, 68th overall, in this week’s NHL Draft to the Montreal Canadiens for the 24-year-old, the 17th overall selection in 2011.... Read the full article

Jason Botterill was hired as GM on May 11. ©2017, Hickling Images, Olean Times Herald

Sabres sign Victor Antipin to bolster defense

BUFFALO – Defenseman Victor Antipin has officially joined the Sabres.

More than two months after it was first reported Antipin would leave the KHL for the NHL, the Sabres signed the 24-year-old to a one-year, entry-level contract today.

“Victor is a well-rounded defenseman who has played in all situations at the pro level,” Sabres general manager Jason Botterill said in a statement. “His mobility and puck-moving skills make him a perfect match for what we’re ... Read the full article

Viktor Antipin enjoyed a strong postseason. ©2017, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald

Report: Viktor Antipin terminates contract to join Sabres

Russian defenseman Viktor Antipin has terminated his contract with KHL club Metallurg Magnitogorsk to join the Buffalo Sabres, according to Sport-Express’ Igor Ironko.

The 5-foot-11, 179-pound Antipin, 24, compiled six goals and 24 points in 59 games this season, his fifth KHL campaign. He added seven goals – the most among defensemen – and 11 points in 18 playoff contests.... Read the full article

Nick Deslauriers has a two-game point streak. ©2017, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald

Sabres’ Nick Deslauriers finally playing, contributing

BUFFALO – When Sabres coach Dan Bylsma charged Nick Deslauriers with creating some energy, the gritty winger’s first instinct, of course, was to fight.

But these days, those opportunities are scarce. Deslauriers has only fought four times this season. He certainly wasn’t going to find one enjoying a rare shift on the first line with the listless Sabres down three goals Saturday.

“I would’ve loved to get a fight there, but I don’t think ... Read the full article