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Botterill brings patient, structured approach to Sabres (and Amerks)

May 11th, 2017 at 7:39 PM
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When a pro sports team hires a new head coach, they often choose a person with a different style than his predecessor. A player’s coach leads to a disciplinarian leads back to a nice guy and so on.

The Sabres haven’t found their new coach yet, but if you listen to their new general manager’s first press conference, it seems like the pendulum has indeed swung the other way in Buffalo, only this time in the front office.

Jason Botterill made a solid first impression today at the KeyBank Center. He comes highly recommended from just about everyone from the folks in Pittsburgh to the national media, and it’s easy to see why. Botterill gave smart, prepared answers for all the questions thrown his way without making too many boasts or promises on his first day as GM.

Let’s run down the most important details from today’s press conference.

Structure and Communication

With the way the previous regime in Buffalo ended (and with the way the search for the new Buffalo Bills GM mirrored that of the Sabres) you knew that the Pegulas wanted someone who could straighten things out behind the scenes, get everyone on the same page, and make sure the expectations for players and management alike were clear.

Botterill comes from a model organization in Pittsburgh, and spoke as to how mentors like Ray Shero and Jim Rutherford prepared him to take on the challenge here in …

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Tags: Botterill himself will be heavily involved in Rochester, Casey Nelson, Eichel, Jack Eichel, Jake Guentzel, Jake McCabe, May 11, 2017, Penguins, Ryan O’Reilly, Sabres

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