The Buffalo Sabres announced they are relieving Jason Botterill of his duties as General Manager. Kevyn Adams will be promoted from Senior Vice President of Business Administration to General Manager. The move comes three years after Botterill’s original hiring.
The Sabres had a losing record of 88-115-30 during Botterill’s three year run as the teams General Manager. Despite Botterill’s prior success as an assistant GM with the Penguins, Botterill struggled to get the Sabres organization back on its feet.
Buffalo’s co-owner Kim Pegula stated, “When we were in detailed discussions with Jason and how we felt we needed to move forward effectively, efficiently, and economically running the franchise, we felt there were too many differences in opinion going into the future.”
Although the Sabres had a losing record during Botterill’s time in Buffalo, I believe he is now one of the best General Managers available out there. I wouldn’t be surprised if another team brings him in to help rebuild their organization. I mean you can’t blame the Sabres losing on Botterill, as the team hasn’t made the Stanley Cup Playoffs since 2011.
For all the Buffalo fans out there, hopefully Kevyn Adams is the answer. Fans and even the team’s captain, Jack Eichel, are starting to get fed up with the poor performances over the years. Some are even calling for the Pegula’s to sell the team.
On a positive note, the Sabres have the seventh best odds (6.5%) to win the NHL Draft Lottery and get the number one pick in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft.