Botterill On WBEN: "Looking Forward to Getting Going"

Sabres New GM Live in the WBEN Studios; Hear It Here

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 (WBEN) New Buffalo Sabres General Manager Jason Botterill is amazed by the changes he sees around the now Key Bank Center, an arena that he played in years ago while a Sabres winger in 2002, 2203 and 2004.

"It's great to see the development down there, coming from ..Pittsburgh, in my ten years, I saw great development in that city, and I think they've really turned the corner in that city. I love what they are trying to accomplish in Buffalo," Botteril said, during a visit to WBEN Friday morning, a day after his hiring was announced.  (Hear more at the bottom of this page)

The metaphor is obvious for a man who takes the reins of a moribund team that hasn't seen playoff contention in six years; he says he would like to make some changes there too. 

"I have a little bit of an idea (of what I'd like to accomplish) but that's going to be key, starting next week, " Botterill said, adding that a Stanley Cup is their goal.

"I can't predict what year. We want to have a really good run at it. But we have to give ourselves as many opportunities as possible. The good thing is the players here are so young. The top end players are very young, and there is a good opportunity for them to develop their game. 

Player development skills are also something he says are crucial to his search for a new head coach.  Botterill takes over three weeks after GM Tim Murray and coach Dan Bylsma were fired in Buffalo's second front-office housecleaning in 3½ years.

 In being groomed by both current Penguins GM Jim Rutherford and his predecessor, Ray Shero, Botterill oversaw a wide variety of responsibilities, including contract negotiations, salary-cap management and player development. But for now, he says he is focused first on settling his wife, 2 daughters and a Bernese Mountain Dog into Buffalo, and getting re-acquainted with the spaghetti sauce at Chef's Restaurant. 

"There's been a lot of emotions built up here, but it's also an extremely exciting time for my family and we're just so thrilled to be coming back to Western New York here, "






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