Botterill: "We didn't need a revamp, but we wanted to add"

October 11, 2019 - 6:27 pm
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The Sabres are off to a hot start in the 2019-20 season, led by the league's best powerplay. Before Friday night's game against the Florida Panthers, Sabres General Manager Jason Botterill joined Bulldog and Paul Hamilton at 716 Food and Sport.

Here's some of the best from Jason's time with the guys.


On Ralph Krueger:

"Jim Rutherford suggested I talk to Ralph. Just felt that he could be a good mix with myself. He has a very creative resume, but at the end of the day he's a kid from Manitoba that loves hockey. There's a simplicity to Ralph, our players are able to talk to him."


On being right up against the salary cap:

"We understood when we signed Johansson that we'd be close to the cap. We certainly want to have the ability to add to our team. So many of the top teams are right up against it. It'll come into it a lot from a trade perspective."


On Dahlin going into year two:

"He knows what he has to work on. Lower-body strength, he looks bigger & stronger. He has such a great brain. He knows the moves of the other players. He'll make mistakes, but his ability to learn from them is why he's so special."


On Mittelstadt going intoyear two:

"Players are always going to develop at different time frames. Casey had to work on his body & he did that over the summer. We see the hockey sense. Ralph puts him in powerplay situations. The fact that we have two units that produce is nice."


You can listen to Jason Botterill's full interview with Bulldog & Paul below.

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