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Sabres hire Penguins' Jason Botterill as general manager

The wait is over. The Sabres have their third general manager in 20 years.

Buffalo announced the hiring of Jason Botterill on Thursday, exactly three weeks after the team fired GM Tim Murray. Botterill emerged from a pack of seven candidates to earn the job.

“We are very happy to welcome Jason Botterill to the Buffalo Sabres family,” owner Terry Pegula said. “Jason’s hockey knowledge, experience drafting and developing players, and his approach to management stood out to us during our interview process. Jason has built a solid reputation as a leader that connects strongly with players and staff around him.

"We are confident he will have a positive impact within our organization and will help us get to our ultimate goal.”

The Sabres will introduce Botterill at 4 p.m. Thursday in KeyBank Center.

Botterill, 40, has been in the Penguins’ front office since 2007. He started as the director of hockey administration and two years later earned a promotion to assistant general manager. The Edmonton native has been the associate GM for three seasons.

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He has been dubbed a “key architect” of the Penguins’ championship teams in 2009 and 2016. Pittsburgh has reached the Eastern Conference finals again after eliminating Washington on Wednesday night.

Although the Penguins are still playing, Botterill is expected to join the Sabres immediately. The scouting staff typically holds its evaluation meeting in mid-May, and the NHL Scouting Combine is later this month. The Penguins could play until mid-June.

Botterill has a degree in economics and a master’s in business administration from Michigan. His ability to crunch numbers has allowed the Penguins to add players at the trade deadline despite spending to the salary cap.

He is also the general manager of the Penguins' minor-league team, which has reached the playoffs in each of his eight seasons.

Botterill played in the Sabres’ organization from 2002 to 2005. He retired after suffering a concussion with Rochester early in the 2004-05 season. Walking away from hockey allowed him to return to Michigan for his MBA.

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Part of a Hall of Fame and Olympic family, Botterill becomes the Sabres’ eighth GM. He follows Punch Imlach (1970), John Anderson (1978), Scotty Bowman (1979), Gerry Meehan (1986), John Muckler (1993), Darcy Regier (1997) and Murray (2014), who was fired April 20.

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