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Sabres Hire Jason Botterill As General Manager

A new leaf begins for the Buffalo Sabres, at least from a managerial perspective. The Sabres hired Jason Botterill as their general manager. Botterill becomes the eighth general manager in franchise history. His first task will be finding a head coach to replace Dan Bylsma.

Sabres owner Terry Pegula released the following statement: “We are very happy to welcome Jason Botterill to the Buffalo Sabres family. Jason’s hockey knowledge, experience drafting and developing players, and his approach to management stood out to us during the interview process. Jason has built a solid reputation as a leader that connects strongly with players and staff around him. We are confident he will have a positive impact within our organization and will help us get to our ultimate goal.”

Botterill spent the last ten years as the Pittsburgh Penguins’ associate general manager and Director of Hockey Administration. He won the Stanley Cup in 2009 and 2016 with the Penguins.

Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford told The Instigators on WGR-AM 500 Thursday,”Because he’s on top of each team, he knows basically what’s there with the Sabres, what the needs are. As general Managers and as fans, we all like to fix things within a week. It doesn’t happen that way. But I do think the fact that the Sabres had some key injuries¬†this year and they have a really good core of players there, with Jason there leading things I think this team will get turned around very quickly.”

Before Botterill found himself in NHL front offices, his own career lasted just 88 games, due to injuries. Botterill played for the Dalla Stars, Atlanta Thrashers, Calgary Flames and the Buffalo Sabres themselves. However, he spent most of his time in the Amercian Hockey League.

“The best way to sum it up is Jason is a No. 1 pick as a general manager,” said Rutherford. “He’s a first-rounder all the way.”

Courtney Wagner

Courtney Wagner

Writer for the Buffalo Sabres at The Runner Sports
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