On top of the draft happening in a few weeks, open season for free agents begins July 1st. From now until then, we will take a look at the top 30 unrestricted free agents and determine if they will fit on the Sabres. The list comes from The Fourth Period.
#23 / Defenseman / Anaheim Ducks
Jun 04, 1980
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Key Stat: Beauchemin only played 20 games this season due to a torn MCL that happened in mid November. From that point, Beauchemin was averaging 24:54 minutes/game.
The Good: Beauchemin is a very good defenseman in his own end. In the 20 games that he ended up playing this season, he averaged 1.3 hits/game and 1.25 blocked shots/game. His quality of competition is tied for the highest on the team with Scott Niedermayer and was only a -3 in 20 games with the Ducks.
The Bad: Beauchemin is coming off of a knee injury that he may not be fully recovered from. At 29, Beauchemin's recovery may take a little longer but he should be able to be ready for the start of the season.
2008-09 Salary: $1,650,000
Verdict: Beauchemin would probably be a great addition on the blueline especially if Jaroslav Spacek does not resign. He is expected to get a raise so could feasibly come in at the same price as Spacek and is six years younger. If Spacek stays with the team, there may not be enough room for a player like Beauchemin unless some assests are traded.