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Sabres fire general manager Botterill after three seasons

June 16 2020 5:32 PM

The Buffalo Sabres fired general manager Jason Botterill on Tuesday after he failed to help the organisation end a long playoff drought in his three seasons in charge. 

Buffalo went 88-115-30 under Botterill and will not be part of the 24-team playoff if the NHL is able to resume after being on hold since March 12 due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

That extended the Sabres’ playoff absence to nine seasons – the longest active streak in the NHL and one shy of tying the league record set by the Florida Panthers (2000-01 – 2010-11) and Edmonton Oilers (2006-07 – 2015-16). 

"This morning, we informed Jason Botterill he will no longer be the general manager of the Sabres," co-owners Terry and Kim Pegula said in a statement.

"This decision was made after many candid discussions with Jason during a full review of our hockey operation. 

“We recognised we have philosophical differences regarding how best to put ourselves in a position to compete for a Stanley Cup. So, we decided to make this change."

Senior vice president of business administration Kevyn Adams has been named general manager. 

"New general manager Kevyn Adams and head coach Ralph Krueger already have a close working relationship and we are excited to see what they can do together as we reconfigure our hockey operations," the Pegulas said. 

"We have the benefit of this long 2020 pause to take time to reorganise and re-energise our hockey department."

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