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Sabres fire Jason Botterill, Kevyn Adams named general manager

Terry Pegula and Jason Botterill chat before NHL Winter Classic
Posted at 9:50 AM, Jun 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-16 10:11:50-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Jason Botterill's tenure as the Buffalo Sabres general manager has come to an end. On Tuesday, the team announced they've fired Botterill are three seasons as the GM.

“This morning, we informed Jason Botterill he will no longer be the General Manager of the Sabres. This decision was made after many candid discussions with Jason during a full review of our hockey operation," owners Terry and Kim Pegula said in a statement. "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. 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."

The Sabres also announced they've promoted former Senior Vice President of Business Administration Kevyn Adams to the General Manager position.

"New General Manager Kevyn Adams and Head Coach Ralph Krueger already have a close working relationship and we are excited to see what they can do together as we reconfigure our hockey operations," the Pegulas added. "We have the benefit of this long 2020 pause to take time to reorganize and re-energize our hockey department. We recognize the importance of this offseason with so many player decisions to be made."

Last month, co-owner and Sabres President Kim Pegula told the Associated Press that Botterill would return as GM next season.

"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.