Sabres news: The Sabres made a big addition to the front office

BUFFALO, NY - JANUARY 14: A general view of the game during the game between the Buffalo Sabres and the Washington Capitals at KeyBank Center on January 14 , 2021 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Kevin Hoffman/Getty Images)
BUFFALO, NY - JANUARY 14: A general view of the game during the game between the Buffalo Sabres and the Washington Capitals at KeyBank Center on January 14 , 2021 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Kevin Hoffman/Getty Images) /
facebooktwitterreddit

The Buffalo Sabres made a significant move that could prove to be a great hire going forward. Elliotte Friedman was the first to report on Twitter that Buffalo was set to hire former Pittsburgh Penguins front office member Sam Ventura to join the front office in Buffalo. Ventura will have the title of Vice President of hockey research and strategy.

Ventura has been part of the front office in Pittsburgh since 2015. He has been a part of two Stanley Cup-winning teams in his time there. In his six years within the Penguins organization, he held the titles of team consultant, director of analytics, and director of hockey operations and hockey research.

Although this will be his first year in Buffalo, Ventura is already familiar with some of the higher-ups within the Sabres organization. He worked with the current associate general manager of the Sabres, Jason Karmanos, when they were both in Pittsburgh.

The Sabres seem to be making an obvious effort to bring in some people that they believe will help them take a more data-driven approach to the game and organization. Between Karmanos and Ventura, Buffalo is doing just that.

In an offseason that holds massive future implications for the Sabres, these are the hires that we should want to see. This offseason holds so much weight in Buffalo and will shape the next few years for the Sabres. Between the trade rumors surrounding Jack Eichel, Sam Reinhart, and Rasmus Ristolainen, the hiring of Don Granato as the new head coach, and the upcoming NHL Draft, Buffalo has a lot to take care of before next season.

dark. Next. Rumors of a potential resolution between Eichel and Sabres

The more hires they can make now to help them navigate this current rebuild with the most confidence, the better.