Botterill: 'I appreciate where our team toughness has been'

The Sabres general manager joined Schopp and the Bulldog before playing Calgary on Wednesday night

Joe DiBiase
November 27, 2019 - 6:24 pm

Photo: Greg M. Cooper - USA TODAY Sports


The Buffalo Sabres' losing skid continued following a 5-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday night.

The Sabres also lost defenseman Rasmus Dahlin in the game after taking an elbow to the head from Lightning defenseman Erik Cernak. Dahlin was concussed as a result of the hit, while Cernak was suspended two games for the illegal elbow.

Sabres general manager Jason Botterill joined Schopp and the Bulldog live at (716) Food and Sport ahead of Wednesday's matchup with the Calgary Flames. Botterill spoke on the Cernak hit, the current trade market, and the state of his team.

Here is some of what he had to say:


Botterill on the Erik Cernak hit on Rasmus Dahlin:

"You're extremely disappointed about the actual action. I've liked our response when people know what's going on. When Olofsson got hit in Anaheim, there were five guys in a scrum. I like where our team is at, respecting each other, protecting each other. I can't tell you right now why something didn't happen, but I appreciate where our team toughness has been."


Botterill on the team's reaction to Eichel's fight versus Minnesota:

"We should have got more of jump off that. When guys are doing something outside of their realm like that, there needs to be a bigger reaction."

Botterill on the biggest struggle the team has had:

"Our special teams is hurting us. At the start of the year, our powerplay gave us a lift. When our powerplay guys aren't clicking, that can carry over to even strength. Having Zach Bogosian back in the lineup will help us out on the penalty kill. Marcus Johansson back in the lineup will help us on the powerplay."


Botterill on the absence of a trade this season:

"Bottom line is, I don't feel comfortable with a deal until it's done. I've been open, we're looking to improve our forward group right now. We made a trade in the last year that took over 14 months to materialize. It can take time. You always wish all of your conversations remain confidential. There's some [general managers] you feel a little bit more trust with. As a young [general manager] in the league, I'm trying to build more trust."


You can hear the entire interview with Botterill below:

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