Since Terry Pegula relieved Darcy Regier of his general manager duties early last week the Buffalo Sabres have gone without a GM, but this week the search is on. While Pat LaFontaine travels around to meet with candidates who may become the next Buffalo Sabres GM, we will be looking at the best candidates for the job. First up is Jason Botterill.
Currently Jason Botterill is the assistant general manager and cap wizard with the Pittsburgh Penguins. He’s been the assistant GM for 5 season’s now after working two seasons as the directory of hockey operations. His specialties are cap management and scouting, both of which he’s done with success for the Penguins.
Botterill is a former first round pick (20th) taken by the Dallas Stars after playing 4 season’s at the University of Michigan, where he led the team to a national championship in 1996. He played 88 games in the NHL and 36 of those games were for the Buffalo Sabres. If he were to be hired as the new GM it would make a clean sweep of former players back in Buffalo to manage the team.
Botterill is a strong believer in the draft and ensuring that his teams take the best talent available, which would be a great benefit considering the number of first round- and likely top 10, picks the Sabres will have in the next two season’s. Imagine a GM that brings in a solid scouting staff and actually knows how to scout himself? The Sabres could land some real talent in the drafts.
Jason Botterill is one of the up and coming young management people. After spending time with the NHL, the Dallas Stars and the Pittsburgh Penguins, he has quite a resume and is starting to gain more and more attention. What do people love about Botterill? His cap management. He has done a great job managing the cap in Pittsburgh with some complex and controversial moves that allowed the team to keep both Jordan Staal and Tomas Vokoun at points.
LaFontaine has been granted permission to meet with Botterill about the vacant Sabres GM position, so he is definitely one of the front runners in the search. Even if the Sabres were to pass over Botterill, he is a name you’re going to hear more and more of in the near future as he looks for a GM job somewhere in the NHL.
Jason Botterill would be a solid choice as the next GM of the Buffalo Sabres. He will do a solid job at managing the cap and will help ensure the draft will turn up gems instead of duds.
What do you think, could you see Jason Botterill as the GM of the Buffalo Sabres?