Buffalo Sabres Hire Jason Botterill as New GM

Botterill has Served as Penguins Assistant GM Since 2009

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Bufalo, NY (WBEN) - The Buffalo Sabres announced Thursday that they have hired Pittsburgh Penguins Assistant GM Jason Botterill as the team's new General Manager.

Botterill has served as Pittsburgh Penguins Assistant GM since 2009, and has been credited with helping build Stanley Cup champion teams in 2009 and 2016.

"We are very happy to welcome Jason Botterill to the Buffalo Sabres family," Owner Terry Pegula said in a statement. “Jason’s hockey knowledge, experience drafting and developing players, and his approach to management stood out to us during our 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 was involved in scouting, player development, contract negotiations and salary cap management. He has also served as General Manager of the AHL’s Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins since 2009. As a player, Botterill played in the Sabres organization during his final three professional seasons, playing 36 games for the Sabres and 118 games Rochester Americans.

The announcement had been rumored for some time, and was put off until the Penguins finished their playoff series with the Washington Capitals. A press conference to introduce Botterill will be held Thursday afternoon at 4:00.

After a disappointing 2017 season, the Sabres terminated both General Manager Tim Murray and Head Coach Dan Bylsma.

"He's kind of the anti-Tim Murray," said USA Today Hockey Writer Kevin Allen about Botterill. "Tim Murray came from the scouting community. He was a little flamboyant but very knowledgeable about the talent base. Botterill has come from the other side. He's more buttoned up, he's a salary cap expert. He played the game, so he certainly knows talent, but he'll be less flamboyant than Tim Murray."

"He'll be aggressive in terms of his approach toward building a team," Allen said. "I think everybody views him as a rising star in the management game."

The Sabres now have to make a decision at head coach. Current Penguins Asistant Coach Rick Tocchet is believed to be a candidate.

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