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Botterill named Sabres GM

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher 

The Buffalo Sabres finally have a new general manager. They have hired Jason Botterill to lead the team in a new direction.

Botterill comes to his former team after working with the Pittsburgh Penguins since 2007. He replaces Tim Murray, who was fired by the team in the off-season.Jason Botterill talking to Jim Rutherford (Photo by TSN)

This is the second Tom Pegula-owned team to hire a new general manager this week. The Buffalo Bills — whose search was quicker — named Brandon Beane as GM on Tuesday night.

Like Beane, Botterill is also 40-years-old and this is their first official GM job. He was appointed by Penguins GM Jim Rutherford in June 2014.

Beane and Botterill also interviewed twice with their new teams before ultimately being hired.

Botterill was also the Penguins interim GM of the Penguins for several weeks in May 2014, before Rutherford was hired.

In July 2007, he was hired by the Penguins as their new Director of Hockey Administration. After Chuck Fletcher left the organization to become the Minnesota Wild GM, the Penguins appointed Botterill as Assistant GM.

In 2011, he was considered one of the Most Powerful people in hockey by The Hockey News. He was also considered one of the Top 40 under 40.

The Edmonton, Alberta, Canada native was previously a left winger for the Dallas Stars, Atlanta Thrashers, Calgary Flames and the Sabres. Botterill was a 20th overall pick by the Dallas Stars in the 1994 NHL Draft.

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