While it was out of the ordinary for a general manager of one team to revel in the championship of another – in this case, Sabres GM Jason Botterill celebrating with the Penguins after they beat the Predators for their second straight Stanley Cup – it should have been encouraged.
Botterill played a major role in the Pens' success during his 10 years with the organization. He hired current coach Mike Sullivan. He helped groom goalie Matt Murray and winger Jake Guentzel into NHL players. Murray had back-to-back shutouts to finish off the Preds. Guentzel led the Pens with 13 postseason goals.
The Pens understood Botterill's contribution before the Sabres hired him midway through the playoffs. Pittsburgh was classy enough to invite him back. He had strong ties to the Pens and deserved to be with them. It didn't stop a few Twitter knuckleheads – pardon the redundancy – from questioning his allegiance.
Sabres ownership didn't mind him basking in victory, so why should anyone else? Botterill will have no problem switching organizations. People change teams every year in the NHL, sometimes twice in the same season. Rest assured they're loyal to only one team at a time – the one signing their paychecks.