Interview with Sabres GM Jason Botterill
“The entire group, we haven’t done well enough. Am I going to do something drastic because it’s imperative we do something right now? I’m not going to harm this organization. As a general manager I need to think on the longer term.”
WGR 550: Botterill on the Seattle expansion draft: “You’ll see more moves this summer in preparation for that.”
WGR 550: Botterill on player salaries: “The models now with how salaries are being structured, the teams at the top are paying their young players an even higher % of the cap. You get young players from the draft. Have to bring talent in through the organization.”
WGR 550: Botterill on trading draft picks: “If you are going to utilize 1st round picks in trades, you need 2nd & 3rds to contribute to their group. That’s what’s happened in Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay, & Boston.”
Sabres trade candidates
Lance Lysowski of the Buffalo News: (mailbag) The Buffalo Sabres could look to trade their pending UFAs in Jimmy Vesey, Conor Sheary, Michael Frolik, Zemgus Girgensons, Johan Larsson and Zach Bogosian. They may only get mid to late-round picks for them. Evan Rodrigues could also be moved.
Asked if GM, what three moves would he pursue? Trade Ristolainen or Montour for a top-six forward with term. Trade Vesey, Sheary, Girgensons, Bogosian, and Rodrigues for picks, and then use the picks in trades in the offseason. Don’t trade Johan Larsson and sign him to an extension.
Haven’t heard if GM Jason Botterill is on the hot seat or not.