Sabres hire Botterill as their next general manager

Botterill played in both Buffalo and Rochester

Paul Hamilton
May 11, 2017 - 10:06 am

Photo: Pittsburgh Penguins

Buffalo, NY (WGR 550) - Former Sabres player Jason Botterill is back. As expected, the 40-year-old is the Sabres' new general manager. Botterill is the Sabres' eighth general manager and takes over for the fired Tim Murray.

In a statement, Sabres' owner Terry Pegula said, “We are very happy to welcome Jason Botterill to the Buffalo Sabres family." Pegula added, "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 has spent the past three seasons as the Penguins associate general manager and has been with the organization for 10 years.  Part of his responsibilities included being the general manager of the Penguins' AHL team in Wilkes-Barre, and taking care of the Penguins' salary cap.

The Penguins credit Botterill in helping general manager Jim Rutherford in all hockey-related matters including scouting, player development, contract negotiations and salary cap management. Rutherford joined The Instigators on WGR Sports Radio 550. He said, "Jason is a number one pick as a general manager. He's very well prepared, he's a bright hockey guy, he knows the game, he knows the players at all different levels." Rutherford added, "Jason Botterill was my guy that I went to all the time."

The Sabres had to ask permission to speak with Botterill and Rutherford said it went very well, "I got a call from their president, I'm not exactly sure when it was, but certainly within the last month and shortly after the change was made in Buffalo."

"They were really good with me, the communication was great as far as the first interview and the second interview and the timing of all this, so the Sabres handled it very well, I was very pleased with it."

Wilkes-Barre made the playoffs in all eight seasons Botterill has been in charge. Botterill also brought current Pittsburgh head coach Mike Sullivan into the organization. Botterill hired Sullivan to coach Wilkes-Barre/Scranton before he was promoted to the big club.

Botterill played his college hockey at Michigan before being drafted by Dallas in the first round of the 1994 draft.

He only wound up playing 88 NHL games with the Stars, Sabres, Atlanta and Calgary. Botterill played 118 games in Rochester before being forced to retire due to concussions.  

Punch Imlach was Buffalo’s first general manager followed by John Anderson, Scotty Bowman, Gerry Meehan, John Muckler, Darcy Regier and Tim Murray.

Botterill will be introduced at 4:00, and you'll hear it live on WGR Sports Radio 550.

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