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Report: Sabres conduct second interview with Botterill

The Sabres have interviewed at least seven people for their front-office job, and it appears they’re circling back for second looks.

Buffalo has held a second talk with Pittsburgh Associate General Manager Jason Botterill, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reported Wednesday. It’s not known if any other candidates are scheduled for follow-up interviews.

Botterill, 40, entered the talks with an impressive résumé. He has been in the Penguins’ front office for a decade, including the last three as associate GM. He’s a salary cap expert who helped fill out the NHL roster while running the organization’s American Hockey League team. He hired coach Mike Sullivan for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, and Sullivan was quickly promoted and won a Stanley Cup last year.

Botterill played in the Sabres' organization for three years in the mid-2000s.

The Sabres have also interviewed Los Angeles’ Mike Futa, Columbus’ Bill Zito, Nashville’s Paul Fenton, Pittsburgh’s Bill Guerin, Calgary’s Craig Conroy and New Jersey’s Tom Fitzgerald.

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