6:30pm - Wed, Nov 13th, 2013 by DePaoli
HOW SERIOUS OF A CANDIDATE IS BOTTERILL?
Sabres owner Terry Pegula cleaned house today over hauling the hockey operations, hiring former Sabre Pat LaFontaine as their new President of Hockey Operations and former Buffalo coach Ted Nolan as interim head coach.
It remains to be seen if the hires are anything more than a PR hire as LaFontaine has little to no experience as a personnel man and Nolan is widely viewed by NHL people as not being an ideal coach for today's NHL players.
The move, though, that will shape the franchise moving forward is the hiring of the new GM. Word is the hand picked person from top senior advisors in the Sabres organization is Penguins assistant General Manager Jason Botterill, NHL sources say, but Pegula's hiring of LaFontaine is believed to be seen as lessening Botterill's chances for the job.
8:48am - Fri, Nov 8th, 2013 by DePaoli