Jim Rutherford invites Sabres GM Jason Botterill to Stanley Cup celebration

‘“It’s a finality to the whole situation,” Botterill said on the ice afterward. “Been busy in Buffalo the last few weeks. Trying to get things taken care of there. I was always watching the games, though. I’m excited about my future now in Buffalo, but this is a great way to finish things off here.”’

In Buffalo, it’s still not a goal

‘Buffalo defenceman Jay McKee, who won an Allan Cup with the Dundas Real McCoys 15 years later, said to me after the game: “I don’t know if the guys will ever be able to put this behind us.”‘

Asplund’s joy message

‘”It’s very turbulent in Buffalo right now, considering that they will have new coaches in both NHL and AHL. And then they want to have as many contract places as possible as they get together both NHL and AHL troops, “says Asplund.’

Notre Dame hockey junior goaltender Cal Petersen to turn pro

‘Petersen was a fifth round pick (129th overall) by Buffalo in the 2013 NHL Draft. He could choose to sign with the Sabres or become a free agent later this summer.’

Sabres interested in Penguins director of amateur scouting Randy Sexton

‘The Sabres also are believed to have interest in Penguins assistant coach Rick Tocchet as a candidate to replace Dan Bylsma, who was fired as head coach after the 2016-17 season.’

Botterill has his work cut out for him in Buffalo

‘”The skill set he brings was a big factor in them being interested and I think (Jason) himself admitted, even though he spent an extra year or two in Pittsburgh than he thought, it turned out to be really productive learning, too,” said Cal Botterill. “I think even though he may have wanted Jim’s job, he really enjoyed working with Jim Rutherford. He’s won a (Stanley) Cup, he’s a rational, poised guy. He made some deals that were pretty critical in their success and so I think these were times Jason was still learning and so now he seems and feels ready to go.”‘

Botterill found passion for hockey in Winnipeg

‘As a youngster growing up in Winnipeg, Botterill dreamed of becoming the next Dale Hawerchuk, filling the net with regularity as a member of the Jets.’

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.’

Penguins associate GM Jason Botterill to be named Sabres GM

‘Botterill has been the team’s salary-cap guru most of his time with the Penguins and also served as general manager of their American Hockey League affiliate in Wilkes-Barre. The Baby Penguins qualified for the Calder Cup playoffs in each of his eight seasons at the helm.’

Wednesday’s New York Coverage

Rangers to host Sabres at Citi Field for 2018 Winter Classic (New York Daily News)
The Winter Classic will be played at Citi Field (New York Post)
NHL makes it official: Mets, Citi Field host of 2018 Winter Classic (Newark Star Ledger)
Rangers and Sabres to meet in Winter Classic at Citi Field (Bergen Record)
The Rangers will play the Winter Classic at Citi Field against Buffalo (SportsNet New York)

NHL Winter Classic: Rangers will play Sabres at Citi Field in 2018 edition

‘Regularly among the NHL’s most watched games, the Winter Classic has featured eight different winners, and a 6-3 record by the visiting teams, in its nine-year run:’

NHL officially announces matchup for 2018 Winter Classic at Citi Field

‘Both the Rangers and Sabres have previously played in a Winter Classic, though this will be the first time the Rangers are hosting the event. They previously took on the Flyers at Philadelphia’s Citizens Bank Park in 2012. The Sabres hosted the Penguins at Ralph Wilson Stadium for the inaugural event in 2008.’

Sabres prospect Petersen could chase Olympic dream

‘“The biggest thing is to see how the pros play and prepare,” the 22-year-old said. “That’ll be the coolest thing, getting a glimpse into pro hockey.”’