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BUFFALO, N.Y. — Buffalo Sabres forward Kyle Okposo is out indefinitely after being diagnosed with his second concussion in less than a year.

Okposo was hurt when he and Senators forward Bobby Ryan didn’t see each other and collided early in the second period of Buffalo’s 4-3 shootout victory at Ottawa on Thursday.
Coach Phil Housley on Friday said he was encouraged by how Okposo looked on the team’s flight home.

“Just seeing him last night, I thought he was in a good place,” Housley said. “Obviously there’s things that can happen down the road. But from my perspective, he was in good spirits, so that was a good sign.”

A head injury was an issue for Okposo last year when concussion-related symptoms nearly derailed his career. Okposo lost weight and had difficulty sleeping and spent a week in the hospital after sustaining a concussion during what he called a routine hit in practice.

The 11-year veteran is tied for third on the Sabres with 38 points (11 goals and 27 assists) in 65 games this season.

Center Ryan O’Reilly described seeing Okposo lying on the ice as “awful,” understanding what his teammate went through last year.
“You’re just praying that he’s OK,” O’Reilly said. “It’s tough. He’s been through a lot, and hopefully it’s a speedy recovery and he’s back soon.”

The injury is the latest to affect the Eastern Conference’s last-place team. Leading scorer Jack Eichel has missed nearly a month with a sprained right ankle.

The Sabres, who host Vegas on Saturday, filled Okposo’s roster spot by recalling forward Justin Bailey from their AHL affiliate in Rochester, New York.

Buffalo Sabres avoid arbitration by signing Nathan Beaulieu for two years, $ 4.8 million in transactions

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Newly acquired Buffalo Sabres defenseman Nathan Beaulieu has agreed to a two-year, $4.8 million deal in foregoing the opportunity to have his contract determined at an arbitration hearing.

The Sabres announced the agreement on Monday, five days before both sides were scheduled to present their case before an NHL arbitrator. Beaulieu was a restricted free agent.

Buffalo gave up a third-round draft pick to acquire Beaulieu in a trade with Montreal on June 17 after the Canadiens were prepared to expose the player in the expansion draft.

The 24-year-old Beaulieu had a career-best four goals and 24 points in 74 games in his third full NHL season. Overall, he has seven goals and 53 assists in 225 career games.

Beaulieu is a puck-moving defenseman who is regarded to be a good fit under newly hired head coach Phil Housley.

Lehner signed a one-year contract with Sabres

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Goaltender Robin Lehner signed a one-year contract worth $4 million with the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday.

Lehner was a restricted free agent and was scheduled to have an arbitration hearing in Toronto on Thursday.

Lehner, who turned 26 on Monday, set NHL career highs in games (59), starts (58), wins (23) and shutouts (two) with the Sabres last season. He was 23-26-8 with a 2.68 goals-against average and .920 save percentage.

Selected in the second round (No. 46) of the 2009 NHL Draft by the Ottawa Senators, Lehner has played 166 NHL games (155 starts) and is 58-71-26 with a 2.76 GAA, a .918 save percentage and five shutouts with the Sabres and Senators.