As his replacement, Sabres owners Terry and Kim Pegula decided to make an in-house hire with Kevyn Adams to become the full-time general manager.
Sportsnet hockey insider Elliotte Friedman joined Andrew Peters and Craig Rivet on The Instigators for his weekly Thursday appearance on WGR. He provided his thoughts on what the final decision came down to with firing Botterill, the timing of the organizational changes, and what is next for the Sabres in the immediate future.
Here is some of what he had to say:
"I didn't think it was going to happen now. I thought Botterill would get one more year. A couple of things that I understand; I understand the Pegulas did a top-to-bottom review of their organization, I heard that they looked over some of the schedules of some of the scouts and people of that and they felt that some of them were light, that they didn't need as many people to do it, and that's one of the reasons they started at looking at some of these changes. I believe that Botterill knew that some of these changes were potentially coming and he fought them, and I think that ultimately he said he wasn't going to do it and they said, 'Okay, you're out.'"
"First of all, he had to let every body know who was staying and who was going. They've kind of done that, and now you start to say, 'Okay, this is our group for now and this is how it's going to go moving forward. Here's what everyone's responsibilities are going to be.' Then I think after that, I think what you'll see Kevyn Adams will do starting over the next week or so is start to say, 'Okay, these are the holes that we have to fix, and this is how we're going to go about doing them.' I would think that he's going to ask for advice, is there anybody available we should talk to? I'm sure he will call around to ask some teams. But I wouldn't be surprised if some people that he knows around the Sabres and their various organizations are also people that he's going to talk to about this."
"You have a vacancy in the American Hockey League now because you let Chris Taylor go, and I wouldn't be surprised if a guy like Adam Mair, who has been on the bench there, is asked if he's interested in that position. I wouldn't be surprised if Matt Ellis and Brian Gionta, there are some development positions open, I wonder if they'd be interested. I do think that Adams will ask about some executive type people. Botterill had two assistant [general managers], I don't see that, I see maybe one. I think you're going to have to add some scouting. I know you want to do video scouting there now, but you can't only do that... The two names I mentioned are guys with Buffalo connections - one is Rick Dudley and the other is Scott Luce. Dudley works for Carolina [Hurricanes], Luce works for Vegas [Golden Knights]. I don't know what their availability would be, but I wouldn't be surprised if the people that have ties to the Sabres would say they'd like to help out.
[Adams has] got time. You know your draft isn't going to be until October, you don't think. I don't know if they're thinking of having any kind of development camp in the short-term or anything like that, but you have a bit of time for figure this out. I think that's what he's going to do."
You can listen to the entire interview below: