Sabres hire Jason Karmanos as associate general manager

Karmanos has been the top target of general manager Kevyn Adams in his search for help in the Sabres front office
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Buffalo Sabres general manager Kevyn Adams made a key addition to his front office staff on Wednesday with the hiring of Jason Karmanos as the team's new associate general manager.

According to the team's official release, Karmanos will serve as the general manager of the Rochester Americans in the American Hockey League, while also oversee the scouting, player development and analytics departments.

It was back on March 17 when Adams first made mention that he was looking to add to the Buffalo front office. The Sabres general manager had reportedly been interested in adding Karmanos to his staff for quite some time, and was reportedly set to interview the former Pittsburgh Penguins assistant general manager back on March 25.

Karmanos is a veteran front office executive in the National Hockey League, spending 15 years to start his career with the Carolina Hurricanes before being hired by the Penguins back in the 2014-15 season.

The 46-year-old was fired as Pittsburgh's assistant general manager back on Oct. 26, 2020 by general manager Jim Rutherford, who has since stepped down in that role due to personal reasons. Karmanos was originally hired as the Penguins' Vice President of Hockey Operations before taking his role as assistant general manager after winning back-to-back Stanley Cups in 2016 and 2017.

According to his executive bio with the Penguins, Karmanos looked after the team's amateur scouting staff, while also helping Rutherford with other aspects of hockey operations. Meanwhile, he helped lead the overhaul of Pittsburgh's use of analytics with any decision-making processes in management.

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