The Sabres acquired Nathan Beaulieu, D, from Montreal for a measly 3rd round pick. Some thoughts & observations: 1) Nat hails from Strathroy, ON, Canada. That is the hometown of one Brian F. Campbell who once, you may recall, played D for the Sabres and acquitted himself very well. Oh boy! love me some Strathroy D! 2) Nathan was a 1st round pick not too long ago by the Habs. If he had played to his draft status he'd never have been traded. 3) If it weren't for the exp. draft he'd never have been traded either, at least not for a 3rd. 4) He is 24 yrs. old; the age that d-men traditionally come into their own in the NHL. It is much too early to project his career trajectory based on his NHL stats. 5) The Sabres recently hired a HC that has a reputation for working well with young d-men to help them develop. Obviously it's too early to say for sure what impact teh Phil Housley will have on the Sabres, but it is reasonable, (even understated), to say that he may have a positive impact. Antipin, Beaulieu, and possibly Guhle will be new blueliners next season. Ristoleinen, McCabe, and Beaulieu (Antipin is exempt)will be protected in the exp. draft. Kulikov* and Franson are as good as gone. God bless the Vegas Golden Knights if they select Gorges or Bogosian. (* Kulikov will probably make his new team very happy. It could have been different if the bench door hadn't hit him on the ass the first week of the season, and if he hadn't been traded to a Bylsma coached team.) So far, so good. The Sabres D will almost assuredly be much more stout next season - granted, that's not actually saying much.