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#1 ShadowLiger

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Posted 11 May 2017 - 09:09 AM

All over tsn and Twitter. Expect official announcement today.

Edited by ShadowLiger, 11 May 2017 - 09:11 AM.


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Posted 11 May 2017 - 09:10 AM

It was just announced



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Posted 11 May 2017 - 09:10 AM

Sabres name Botterill general manager
https://www.thescore.com/news/1298885
(via http://thesco.re/theScore_app )

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Posted 11 May 2017 - 09:10 AM

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Buffalo Sabres Owner Terry Pegula today announced the team has hired Jason Botterill to be the team’s GM.



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Posted 11 May 2017 - 09:12 AM

No word of a presser in the release, but I'm sure it will be relatively soon.

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Posted 11 May 2017 - 09:12 AM

Presser at 4 today.

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Posted 11 May 2017 - 09:13 AM

No word of a presser in the release, but I'm sure it will be relatively soon.

It has to be today or Saturday, right?



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Posted 11 May 2017 - 09:13 AM

It has to be today or Saturday, right?

Today at 4 from what my friend just texted me.

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Posted 11 May 2017 - 09:14 AM

Today at 4 from what my friend just texted me.

Seems about right. Wish it was earlier though



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Posted 11 May 2017 - 09:14 AM

Presser at 4 today.

 

Not to overshadow the Bills Festa tomorrow, no doubt.



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Posted 11 May 2017 - 09:15 AM

So I know we've known this for a while, and he wasn't everyone's first choice (though I've come to really like it), but can we all just breath a final sigh of relief that they didn't just hire Lombardi?



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Posted 11 May 2017 - 09:16 AM

So I know we've known this for a while, and he wasn't everyone's first choice (though I've come to really like it), but can we all just breath a final sigh of relief that they didn't just hire Lombardi?

Yes.

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Posted 11 May 2017 - 09:18 AM

So I know we've known this for a while, and he wasn't everyone's first choice (though I've come to really like it), but can we all just breath a final sigh of relief that they didn't just hire Lombardi?

I'm still waiting on the coach. To me, Lombardi hasn't been a concern since the 2nd day



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Posted 11 May 2017 - 09:19 AM

So Tocchet is probably coach?

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Posted 11 May 2017 - 09:19 AM

So I know we've known this for a while, and he wasn't everyone's first choice (though I've come to really like it), but can we all just breath a final sigh of relief that they didn't just hire Lombardi?

 

The news release says they have hired a GM.  

 

So, it is possible that the Sabres will hire a PHO, which is what I wanted Lombardi hired as and still do.



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Posted 11 May 2017 - 09:20 AM

So Tocchet is probably coach?


Because Pittsburgh?

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Posted 11 May 2017 - 09:20 AM

Well, they got fresh blood, from a winning organization, that is at the same time, experienced, and seemingly on pace with where the league trends are headed.

 

So, how do we ###### this up? :lol:



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Posted 11 May 2017 - 09:21 AM

Because Pittsburgh?

 

Kevin Stevens for Assistant HC ..........  :ph34r:



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Posted 11 May 2017 - 09:21 AM

Very nice, this was my pick back when the poll was put up. I really hope this is a new positive transition for us.

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Posted 11 May 2017 - 09:22 AM

Well, they got fresh blood, from a winning organization, that is at the same time, experienced, and seemingly on pace with where the league trends are headed.

So, how do we ###### this up? :lol:

We don't.

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Posted 11 May 2017 - 09:23 AM

NHL player
Minor league player
WJC three-time champ
NCAA national champ
1st-round draft pick
captain
AHL champion
Has an MBA
Scout
Hockey department administrator
Contract negotiator
Capologist
Minor league player development manager
Young and experienced
Assistant GM
Associate GM
Stanley Cup champion

Guy might seem vanilla and he can't avoid the Ghost of Pittsburgh hires past, but damn, that's an impressive resume. What check marks is he missing?

Edited by dudacek, 11 May 2017 - 09:24 AM.


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Posted 11 May 2017 - 09:23 AM

I'd like to know Penguins fans and media reactions to this. It'd be interesting to know how big of a loss they view this as. I remember Pens fans laughing at us when we hired Byslma, and they were right. 



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Posted 11 May 2017 - 09:23 AM

Welcome, JBOT.



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Posted 11 May 2017 - 09:24 AM

NHL player
Minor league player
WJC three-time champ
NCAA national champ
1st-round draft pick
captain
AHL champion
Has an MBA
Scout
Hockey department administrator
Contract negotiator
Capologist
Minor league player development manager
Young and experienced
Assistant GM
Associate GM
Stanley Cup champion

Guy might seem vanilla and he can't avoid the Ghost of Pittsburgh hires past, but damn, that's an impressive resume.
What check marks is he missing?

I mean, to be fair a lot of those don't mean anything when it comes to being a good GM. 



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Posted 11 May 2017 - 09:24 AM

Welcome, JBOT.

JBOT, done. Using this from now on.

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Posted 11 May 2017 - 09:26 AM

It's although worth noting IMHO that his MBA is from the U. of Michigan, which is a pretty high-end institution.  He's almost certainly got a good brain.

 

I like the hire.



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Posted 11 May 2017 - 09:29 AM

I'm sure he'll be a lot more polished and spit shined than TM was but I'm going to miss his interviews. I don't think we'll get any real information from the new guy but I wish him nothing but the best, GO SABRES 



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Posted 11 May 2017 - 09:30 AM

I mean, to be fair a lot of those don't mean anything when it comes to being a good GM.


They don't mean he's a good GM. They do mean he can directly relate to pretty much every job and every situation in the hockey department. And that he is intelligent. And that he has a track record of success.

I think they are all relevant.

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Posted 11 May 2017 - 09:31 AM

Welcome, JBOT.

This rockets past Robotterill.



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Posted 11 May 2017 - 09:31 AM

I'm okay with this. Now...don't screw it up.

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Posted 11 May 2017 - 09:33 AM

NHL player
Minor league player
WJC three-time champ
NCAA national champ
1st-round draft pick
captain
AHL champion
Has an MBA
Scout
Hockey department administrator
Contract negotiator
Capologist
Minor league player development manager
Young and experienced
Assistant GM
Associate GM
Stanley Cup champion

Guy might seem vanilla and he can't avoid the Ghost of Pittsburgh hires past, but damn, that's an impressive resume. What check marks is he missing?

Very nice. You missed former Sabre and current Pen, which I think rank highly for Terry (along with young). But I can't hold that against Botterill. I truly feel good about this hire. There's not much to be skeptical or negative about. For now lol.



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Posted 11 May 2017 - 09:35 AM

NHL player
Minor league player
WJC three-time champ
NCAA national champ
1st-round draft pick
captain
AHL champion
Has an MBA
Scout
Hockey department administrator
Contract negotiator
Capologist
Minor league player development manager
Young and experienced
Assistant GM
Associate GM
Stanley Cup champion

Guy might seem vanilla and he can't avoid the Ghost of Pittsburgh hires past, but damn, that's an impressive resume. What check marks is he missing?

 

A cup as a GM.

 

I expect him to get that here.



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Posted 11 May 2017 - 09:36 AM

I think it is safe to say that we will see a big difference in how the everyday operation of both Buffalo and Rochester is run. You certainly never hear of any stupid crap going on in Pittsburg and even with Cindy, Malkin, Letang and Fleury/Murray in the fold. There exist a definite possiibility of a power struggle between these stars and  yet you never hear of any sort of stuff going on. That is a great-running operation and we can only hope that GMJB brings that sort of thing to Buffalo for many years to come



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Posted 11 May 2017 - 09:37 AM

Why do we always assume that the new coach has to come from the new GMs tree?  That assumption blew up in our face last time.



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Posted 11 May 2017 - 09:38 AM

Very nice. You missed former Sabre and current Pen, which I think rank highly for Terry (along with young). But I can't hold that against Botterill. I truly feel good about this hire. There's not much to be skeptical or negative about. For now lol.

 

You're on board with this hire?

 

So that means Terry is doing *it* right by hiring this new GM?

 

I like the new positive PA !



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Posted 11 May 2017 - 09:39 AM

NHL app just announced it too.

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Posted 11 May 2017 - 09:41 AM

NHL app just announced it too.

 

The NHL ... always a half hour behind  :w00t:



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Posted 11 May 2017 - 09:41 AM

The NHL ... always a half hour behind :w00t:


So true haha.

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Posted 11 May 2017 - 09:42 AM

They don't mean he's a good GM. They do mean he can directly relate to pretty much every job and every situation in the hockey department. And that he is intelligent. And that he has a track record of success.

I think they are all relevant.

 

 

Very similar to Beane with the Bills. He came up through the Panther's organization and help a role in almost every department at one time or another. 

 

I think it's a good idea, assuming you also bring in good scouts that can evaluate talent. 



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Posted 11 May 2017 - 09:46 AM

Welcome, JBOT.

 

I need this explained  :ph34r: