CHICAGO – Jason Botterill wants to add to his management staff. Phil Housley needs to add to his coaching staff.
Both are working toward doing so. The Sabres’ new general manager and coach are interviewing candidates.
“The general manager for the Amerks will be someone who’s an assistant general manager that we bring into the organization, very similar to what my role was down in Pittsburgh,” Botterill said Friday. “I was the assistant general manager, but general manager of Wilkes-Barre.”
A leading candidate for assistant GM is Randy Sexton, with TSN’s Pierre LeBrun reporting Friday that the move is expected. Sexton is in his second season as the Penguins’ director of amateur scouting. He previously served as GM for Florida and Ottawa.
Expectation is that will be Randy Sexton, who will leave Penguins to become Sabres AGM and GM of Rochester https://t.co/EZv24hyncN
— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) June 23, 2017
Housley, meanwhile, needs to hire assistant coaches. Holdovers Bob Woods, Terry Murray and Tom Ward are not being retained, with Woods already finding work with the Minnesota Wild. One candidate to join Housley, former Islanders coach Jack Capuano, has been hired as an assistant for Florida.
The Sabres also need a coach for the Amerks after electing not to keep Dan Lambert.
“We have talked to different candidates for Rochester,” Botterill said. “Phil with the coaches’ meetings and everything going on this week has been doing a ton of interviews from the assistant coaching standpoint, and interviewed our previous staff members, too, to see what sort of the best fit is.
“We’ll get through the draft here, then hopefully make some decisions next week.”
Buffalo would like to retain goaltending coach Andrew Allen, but nothing is official.
“We’re very excited about Andrew,” Botterill said. “My plan has always been to work with Andrew, but that’s a scenario where Phil and I still have to make a final decision.”