Goloubef was cut by the Sabres on Saturday, The Buffalo News reports. Goloubef was unlikely to make the team given the amount of depth the Sabres have on the blue line this season, and will be forced to look for employment elsewhere. The Sabres will carry eight defensemen to start the season.
Goloubef will attend Buffalo's preseason training camp, TSN reports. The 27-year-old defenseman spent time with the Columbus and Colorado organizations in 2016-17, finishing the campaign with five assists in 33 NHL contests. Goloubef has never been particularly productive throughout his career, recording a meager 23 points in 129 games, and he'll have to beat out the likes of Casey Nelson, Justin Falk and Taylor Fedun in order to make the team.
Goloubef has a single point in his last 17 games and a total of three this season. The lack of production from the defenseman isn't at all surprising considering he had just 18 points across 96 games with the Blue Jackets heading into this season. In fact, Goloubef didn't even suit up for Columbus this year before being traded to the Avs on Nov. 28, and it's clear that -- even though he's averaged 18:04 with his his new team -- the change of scenery hasn't done much for his fantasy prospects.
Goloubef pitched in an assist Saturday in a 3-2 overtime loss to San Jose. The depth defender has laced up the skates just 15 times this season, so it's not really surprising he's recorded a mere three points (all assists). Furthermore, the former Blue Jacket has never put up more than nine points in a season at the NHL level, nor has he played in more than 43 contests, so he's not likely to be relevant for fantasy purposes anytime soon.
Goloubef picked up a pair of assists over 14:24 of ice time in Tuesday's 6-3 win over Colorado. That's very slender ice time for a defenseman, but it's pretty much in line with Goloubef's usage of late. He's a third-pairing guy at best who often lands in the press box as the seventh defenseman, leaving the 27-year-old with basically no fantasy value.
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