Botterill needs to see more consistency

Sabres general manager Jason Botterill sat down with Schopp and the Bulldog at (716) Food and Sport on Friday

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November 10, 2017 - 5:50 pm

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The Buffalo Sabres are looking to win a second straight game on Friday for only the second time this season. The Sabres grabbed a 3-1 win over the Washington Capitals on Tuesday night, and will hope to get a win over the Florida Panthers at KeyBank Center. The Panthers are the only team in the Eastern Conference with a worse record than the Sabres, sitting with a 4-8-2 record and 10 points.

Sabres general manager Jason Botterill joined Schopp and the Bulldog before the Sabres' matchup with the Panthers on Friday from (716) Food and Sport. Here are some of the highlights from their chat:


On the the Sabres recent play:
"Haven't been able to put two or three games together. Continue to see improvement. Now we have to see it carry over into the games."

On not calling up Brendan Guhle, and the guys in Rochester:
"We still have players in Rochester we're excited about that are having a good start to their season. Hopefully they can help us out in the second half of the year. We love having Mr. Guhle in our organization. Happy about how he started his season off. Playing big minutes against top players. We're estatic about how he's progressing. Bottom line is there is an element to Guhle staying down there, learning his roles. It's a scenario where it's not just for a 3 to 5 game stint. His individual development is more important than where we are at as a team."

On Robin Lehner's start to the year:
"I think Robin would tell you, he'd like to work on his consistency. However, I thought he was excellent in the Arizona game, coming back against Washington, excellent stat there. Hopefully tonight he comes out and takes hold of the net."

On paying goalies big money:
"If there can be stability in the net, I'm all for that. It's certainly a vital position. It's always scrutinized, if you can have a comfort level back there, it's a great thing for the team."

On what the team has done well, and can improve on:
"We have to get faster. Either from physically skating, or how you move the puck. I've been happy with our response to a tough loss. I think that'll improve our mental toughness. The penalty kill has done well so far, it's time for the power play to step up."

You can hear the entire segment with Botterill below:

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