BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Buffalo Sabres general manager Jason Botterill realizes his team needs help.
"We're actively looking to see if we can make our team a little better and find a forward out there to help our group," Botterill said during an impromptu meeting with the media on Tuesday.
After a great start, the Sabres have dropped seven of their last eight games and now sit one point out of a playoff spot. A few weeks back, the Sabres had the best record in the NHL.
"I like the steps we've gone through, I think it was mentioned today in the GM meetings, the amount of one-goal games are up there and the amount of games that go into overtime," Botterill added. "That's what you have to do, you need to find more of an opportunity to be more consistent throughout the year and also find a way to win these one-goal games."
Botterill also discussed the injury to Kyle Okposo, the salary cap and the future of 2019 first-round pick Dylan Cozens. You can watch the entire interview at the top of the page!
Botterill didn't say anything we didn't already know but I'm still surprised he admitted they are looking for a forward. Openly discussing the need for help up front puts even more pressure on the Sabres GM to make a move.
Once again, with the way the roster is currently constructed, the Sabres have almost no secondary scoring. Just look at Saturday's win against Ottawa. It's the only win the Sabres have in their last eight games and it's because their captain scored four goals. Sure, the Sabres need Eichel to be their best player but they can't count on him scoring every single night, let alone scoring four goals in a game.
Botterill needs to make a move and it needs to happen soon. If not, this team is going to fall into a hole they won't be able to climb out of.