PITTSBURGH -- Many of the Pittsburgh Penguins came up through the ranks in Wilkes-Barre, where the general manager of the Pens' AHL team was new Sabres GM Jason Botterill.
Perhaps the biggest name is goaltender Matt Murray, who is trying to backstop the Penguins to their second straight Stanley Cup. Asked at Media Day Sunday for the Cup final, Murray had huge praise for the job Botterill did with the Pittsburgh kiddie corps.
"My first reaction was that Buffalo made a pretty good decision," Murray said in PPG Paints Arena. "It's tough for us to lose him for sure but it was only a matter of time before he got a head job. He's a special person and he cares deeply about all his prospects.
"He spent lot of time in Wilkes-Barre keeping an eye on guys and making sure they were taken care of. It's something this organization is so good at, giving you every resource possible and getting anything you needed to be successful. 'Botts' is a huge part of that. Tough to see him go but very happy he got a head job.
"He's very personable, very approachable. He's a genuine good guy. He treats you like a human being, not just a hockey player or even a number. I owe a lot to Jason Botterill, that's for sure."