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Botterill: Don't look for a change behind the Sabres bench

"I think the coaching staff has done a very good job"

February 21, 2019 - 6:10 am

Tampa (WBEN) - As the Buffalo Sabres continue a slide and watch any hopes of making the NHL playoffs fade, General Manager Jason Botterill made a rare appearance with reporters on an off day and indicated Head Coach Phil Housley's job is safe. 

Botterill told reporters, "I think the coaching staff has done a very good job".  "There's not going to be a coaching change", Housley stated.

The Sabres have lost three consecutive games and are playing the top team in the league in Tampa tonight.

More on what Botterill told WGR's Paul Hamilton and other reporters:

On the fans wanting a coaching change:

"They want a coaching change? No. We've made progress as an organization compared to last year. We're in a position where we've been in games. I see the results on the ice. I see the communication we're going through here. There's not going to be a coaching change."

On the trade deadline:

"We've had a lot of conversations going on. Whether those things come to fruition, that's always hard to predict. Sometimes you look at the draft and things move into July 1st, and then things move in the summer. Can't predict when it's going to happen. We continue to look at different ways to improve our team."

His assessment of the current roster:

"We're putting players in roles that they're not used to. Some nights they'll succeed in those roles, and some nights not. You've seen our blueprint. You've seen when we play well, we've played assertive in the offensive zone, got in front of the net. Played good defensive hockey. We've received results winning hockey games. Just haven't done that on a consistent basis."

On the tumble from 1st in the NHL to the current position in the standings:

"Well, I probably didn't imagine that there would be a scenario where we'd be first in the league to begin with. It happened. Very proud of that accomplishment. This league has a lot of parity. You have to be prepared for everything. Our players are facing adversity here right now. I like where our players are at... You look at over the last ten games or so, we want better results, but it's a situation where we put ourselves in a spot to win games in the third period. Just haven't had results."

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