Botterill: No contract negotiations with Skinner right now... can wait until later

Sabres general manager Jason Botterill stopped by (716) Food and Sport on Thursday to talk with Schopp and the Bulldog

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October 25, 2018 - 5:13 pm

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The Buffalo Sabres are off to a pretty good start in the 2018-19 season with a 5-4-0 record and are coming off a west coast road trip where they won three of the five games played. On Thursday, the Sabres will be looking for their third straight win, and the chance to have six wins in their first 10 games of the season for the first time since the 2011-12 season.

Ahead of Thursday night's matchup with the Montreal Canadiens, a team that's also off to a good start, Sabres general manager Jason Botterill stopped by (716) Food and Sport to chat with Schopp and the Bulldog. Botterill talked about rookie defenseman Rasmus Dahlin, Jeff Skinner, and the team's overall performance through the first nine games of the season.

Here's some of what Botterill had to say:

 

Botterill on the win in Anaheim:

"End of long road trip, could've been disheartening when second goal went in. Stuck with it, it's good when you have a young group like we have. Win like that gives them a lot of confidence."


On Skinner and his contract status:

"No contract negotiations going on right now...We can wait until later in the year for that. He's very competitive, you see him on pucks. I think our whole team has increased the intensity level. He's brought some life to our organization for sure."


On Dahlin's game thus far:

"Been extremely impressed with how Rasmus has performed. He doesn't make the same mistake twice... You see the smoothness and how he ignites the transition game. He's similar to an elite quarterback in the NFL. His vision in incredible."


On the prospects in Rochester & when call ups could come:

"Sometimes it's dictated by injury, sometimes it's 'hey, we have to give this guy an opportunity'. The people who were here before me drafted these guys. High draft picks in Alex Nylander, late pick in Victor Olofsson, free agent in CJ Smith."


You can listen to the entire conversation with Botterill below:

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