Jason Botterill Fired: Real Reason Why Buffalo Sabres Dumped GM
Jason Botterill was fired by the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday morning. The move sent shockwaves across the NHL.
“This morning, we informed Jason Botterill he will no longer be the General Manager of the Sabres,” the team said in a statement.
“This decision was made after many candid discussions with Jason during a full review of our hockey operation. We recognized we have philosophical differences regarding how best to put ourselves in a position to compete for a Stanley Cup. So, we decided to make this change.”
The organization then went on to wish their former general manager nothing but the best.
“We wish Jason and his family all the best moving forward, and we thank him for his time and energy devoted to our organization and to the City of Buffalo.”
Despite some people’s surprise at the abruptness of the move, it should not have come as a particularly big surprise. Yes, team president and co-owner Kim Pegula did indicate that Botterill would be back for a fourth season with the team not long ago, but Botterill was an objective failure by any measure.
Between the Jack Eichel fiasco, Brandon Montour, Ryan O’Reilly and Wayne Simmonds trades, Jeff Skinner mess and total ineptness as it pertained to free agency, Botterill was on borrowed time either way. Best to cut your losses now than prolong the misery.
The Sabres named Kevyn Adams as general manager in Botterill’s place.