Ever since Jason Botterill got a second interview with the Sabres last week, things have been quiet regarding Buffalo’s hiring search. That could change soon.
Pittsburgh and Washington decided their second-round series Wednesday night with the Penguins' win in Game Seven. The conclusion could start the countdown toward Game One of the Botterill era.
Barring an unknown development, the Sabres have decided to hire the Penguins’ associate general manager to replace GM Tim Murray. It appears they’ve been waiting for Pittsburgh’s series to wrap up. Washington won Games Five and Six, extending the series and the Sabres’ wait.
Even though the Penguins advanced, it's unlikely there will be a further delay for the next round. The Sabres' scouting meetings typically take place in mid-May. The NHL Scouting Combine is later this month, and the expansion draft and NHL Draft are next month. Buffalo will want a leader in place.
Owner Terry Pegula and the Bills have a news conference scheduled for Friday morning to introduce new GM Brandon Beane. Like Botterill, he was the only candidate known to be interviewed twice.
With Friday booked, it could allow the Sabres to make a hiring announcement Thursday.
Botterill, 40, has steadily risen through the Penguins’ hierarchy since joining the team as the director of hockey administration in 2007. He was assistant GM for five years before getting a bump to associate general manager for the past three seasons.