The Buffalo Sabres have cleaned house, firing general manager Jason Botterill and a small army of other organizational staff Tuesday.
Buffalo team owners Terry and Kim Pegula had initially stated about three weeks ago that they’d be retaining the services of the now-former general manager, but Tuesday marked a significant reversal of course – and then some.
“We felt like we needed to be heard,” Terry Pegula said. “I’m not going to sit here and dish on Jason Botterill, but we have a vision and we want to see our vision succeed. We were in detailed discussions with Jason, and how we felt we needed to move forward effectively, efficiently and economically running this franchise, we felt there were too many differences of opinion going into the future.”
Those differences of opinion led to the hiring of Kevyn Adams as the new general manager. He’d been working as the club’s vice president of business operations.
The Sabres closed out their 49th NHL season with their ninth consecutive playoff miss, the longest active playoff drought in the league by five years.
So yes, Buffalo was treading water and has been for some time now. And the timing is interesting, all things considered. While the previous vote of confidence seemed to set the stage for more consistency, at least temporarily, the Sabres reassessed their situation with the postponement of the draft and decided to move sooner rather than later.
After all, Adams was always going to be in the mix.
The Sabres also fired assistant general managers Randy Sexton and Steve Greeley. Rochester Americans head coach Chris Taylor and assistant coaches Gord Dineen and Toby Petersen were also fired, as was director of amateur scouting Ryan Jankowski.
“Our fans deserve better, and we are all tasked with the burden to improve and provide them a consistent, contending team for years to come,” the Pegulas said.
The Pegulas purchased the Sabres in February of 2011 and are now on their sixth head coach and fourth general manager.
Adams will become Buffalo’s third first-time general manager. He held numerous roles in the organization, including as a developmental coach and an assistant coach prior to his move to the business end of operations.
“I believe that winning is doing it together,” he said. “We’re going to be positive. And I’m really looking forward to what lies ahead.”
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