The Sabres Report - May 7, 2017

Are the Sabres waiting to announce hiring of GM until after Penguins series?   


‘We’re now at day 16, but with all signs pointing to Penguins Associate General Manager Jason Botterill as the “last candidate standing”, could the Sabres be waiting until the conclusion of Pittsburgh’s second round playoff matchup against the New York Rangers concludes? At least one NHL Insider believes so.’

The Sabres Report - May 6, 2017

Lesson learned, Nelson wants to help Sabres' defense   

Buffalo News:

‘Defense is the Sabres’ glaring weak spot, so Nelson will have a chance on the blue line. Buffalo is expecting Guhle and potential Russian import Viktor Antipin to make a push, but Nelson should also be in the mix.’

Sabres prospect Petersen could chase Olympic dream   

Buffalo News:

‘“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.”’

Report: Sabres inform Mike Futa he's no longer under GM consideration   


‘Ken Campbell of The Hockey News reported late Friday night Los Angeles Kings Assistant General Manager Mike Futa was informed he was no longer in consideration for the position with the Blue & Gold.’

The Sabres Report - May 5, 2017

O'Reilly, Eichel, Girgensons set for world championships   

Buffalo News:

‘Center Jack Eichel and goaltending prospect Cal Petersen will represent the United States. Eichel is skating on the first line, while Petersen is the third goalie behind Detroit’s Jimmy Howard and Winnipeg’s Connor Hellebuyck.’

Former teammate: Jason Botterill would give Sabres GM with ‘all the right traits’   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“He’s freaking brilliant,” Berenzweig said of Botterill, a GM candidate the Sabres could be close to hiring. “He’s just a really smart guy. Plus he understands the game better than 99 percent of the world, and then you get that personality trait, that intangible where … there’s accountability. It’s inherent to him and his personality. He’s got all the right traits.”’

Penguins' Jason Botterill leading candidate for vacant Sabres GM job   


‘A scouting report on each of the top five candidates…’.

Rob Ray said there is one thing that the new GM must do first   


‘So how does a brand new man figure out what is going on in the room? Ray said, “Whoever comes in needs to really sit and speak to everybody. Not only the players, but the people around the team, the trainers within the room and all those types of guys that are able to give you input and if he hears the same thing from two or three people, then maybe there’s a situation there that he needs to address.” Ray added, “I think by doing that, you’re going to help your team much more than going out and taking a flier on some free agent defenseman or making that deal. You’ve got to get your house cleaned out first and then you can start adding.”’

The way forward   


‘Would it surprise you if Pegula thought his hockey team needed a hearty dose of McDermott? It sure wouldn’t surprise me.’

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The Sabres Report - May 4, 2017

Report: Sabres conduct second interview with Botterill   

Buffalo News:

‘Botterill, 40, entered the talks with an impressive résumé. He has been in the Penguins’ front office for a decade, including the last three as associate GM. He’s a salary cap expert who helped fill out the NHL roster while running the organization’s American Hockey League team. He hired coach Mike Sullivan for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, and Sullivan was quickly promoted and won a Stanley Cup last year.’

Botterill has brains, bloodline to successfully lead NHL team   

Buffalo News:

‘With a degree in economics and a master’s in business administration from Michigan, the former Sabres forward has combined hockey and numbers to become a salary cap expert. The Penguins have remained perennial contenders while adding pieces at the trade deadline despite five players with salaries of $5.75 million or more.’

Mike Harrington's Power Take: Sabres' new GM should deal his first No. 1 pick   

Buffalo News:

‘As usual, the Sabres didn’t have any lottery luck Saturday and were shipped back to the No. 8 slot by the time the draw was done. That’s where they took Alex Nylander last year and Rasmus Ristolainen in 2013 and it’s where they would again get a good future prospect. But even with a new GM and coach on the horizon, there better not be a lot of down-the-road and let’s-be-patient thinking preached for a team that hasn’t won a playoff series since 2007.’

Roswell Park, Sabres to offer skin cancer screenings   

Buffalo News:

‘Roswell Park Cancer Institute and the Buffalo Sabres will team up for free skin cancer screenings and education from 3 to 7 p.m. May 11 at KeyBank Center.’

Analyst: Sabres’ next GM entering ‘promising’ gig   

Olean Times Herald:

‘“When you start with (center) Jack Eichel and you’ve got a (defenseman like) Rasmus Ristolainen, you’ve got the framework for something to really move significantly ahead with,” said Button, the Calgary Flames’ GM for three years in the early 2000s before becoming a TSN analyst.’