Mike Harrington: Botterill a solid choice, but he starts in hot seat as coach decision looms

‘As for Botterill, Sportsnet connected dots last weekend and said he might look right at Penguins assistant and longtime NHLer Rick Tocchet. And while you would think Tocchet would be a candidate, you would hope Botterill and Pegula would take time to interview candidates like Housley and Chicago assistant Kevin Dineen among others before making a choice.’

Mike Harrington: After strong first impression, time for Botterill to show executive skill

‘With so much to do at this point in their rebuild, you could easily say it’s a little goofy for the Sabres to hire another first-time general manager. Instead, they have installed a 40-year-old who is the second-youngest GM in the league — and it seems like a good call.’

Sabres’ Botterill brings Pegula’s ideals to life in introduction

‘“You can see he’s well-prepared,” Terry Pegula said. “It just shows by his track record.”’

Sabres get ‘No. 1 pick’ in Botterill, Penguins’ GM says

‘“The best way to sum it up is Jason is a No. 1 pick as a general manager,” Penguins GM Jim Rutherford said Thursday on “The Instigators” on WGR-AM 550. “He’s a first-rounder all the way.”’

Five Things to Know about Jason Botterill

‘Botterill’s mother, Doreen, was a Canadian Olympian in speed skating in 1964 and 1968. His aunt, Donna McCannell, represented Canada in speed skating in the 1972 Games. Botterill’s father, Cal, is a pioneer in sport psychology and was inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame. Botterill’s sister, Jennifer, has trumped them all. She played hockey for Canada in four Olympics, winning golds in 2002, 2006 and 2010, plus a silver medal in 1998.’

Buffalo Sabres select ex-Rochester Amerk Jason Botterill as new GM

‘“I think it’s a great hire,” said Rory Fitzpatrick, a teammate of Botterill’s with the Sabres and Amerks. “Obviously, from a player’s perspective he was a hard-working, respected team guy and very smart. From a management side, he’s put the time in and helped build one of best franchises in the NHL, so I think it’s a really good hire.”‘

Sabres finally name Jason Botterill GM

‘Pegula said he wanted experience, and Botterill has earned plenty with the Penguins, an organization Pegula has long admired. Botterill has developed a reputation for his strong knowledge of contracts and the salary cap.’

Sabres GM Jason Botterill ready to tackle new job

‘“Why I did all these things was one day to give me the opportunity to be a general manager, and that’s why it’s difficult,” Botterill said this afternoon during an introductory news conference inside KeyBank Center. “I have great relationships, friendships in Pittsburgh. I’m cheering for them so I can hopefully get another ring.”‘

Marty Turco: Sabres GM Jason Botterill ‘could’ve been Prime Minister of Canada’

‘“He literally was a 22-year-old kid named captain of a minor league team that had a lot of older guys and a lot more experience, stature in professional hockey,” Turco told the Times Herald by phone Tuesday. “But, man, did he take charge of that locker room on that team, and we were not good by IHL standards. But, man, with him there, we left it on the ice most nights.”’

Sabres officially name Botterill new GM

‘The announcement of Botterill’s hiring was delayed by the Pittsburgh Penguins ongoing playoff run. The Pens topped the Washington Capitals 2-0 in Game 7 last night, advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals.’

Buffalo Sabres name Jason Botterill general manager

‘Botterill’s first task will be to find the Sabres’ fifth head coach since Lindy Ruff was fired in February 2013.’

Associate GM Jason Botterill takes over in Buffalo, leaving gap in Penguins front office

‘He acknowledged he will try to lure some Penguins staffers and scouts to the Niagara Frontier.’

Penguins lose Botterill to Buffalo; GM in no rush to find replacement

‘In his introductory press conference, Botterill, 40, thanked Penguins owners Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle. He called Rutherford, Shero and former assistant general manager Chuck Fletcher “mentors.” He shared his vision of a Sabres team that pushes tempo and dictates possession just like the Penguins.’

Jason Botterill leaves Penguins to take over as Sabres’ GM

‘The former NHL player has spent the past 10 years working up the Penguins’ executive ranks. Over the past three years, Botterill has been GM Jim Rutherford’s right-hand man in handling scouting, contract and player development matters.’

Sabres hire Botterill as general manager

‘Botterill has been involved in scouting, player development, contract negotiations and salary cap management during his most recent role with the Penguins.’