(Buffalo) Buffalo Sabers general manager Jason Botterill still has the support of the team’s owners and will be back for a fourth campaign.
Sabers president and co-owner Kim Pegula confirmed the information to the Associated Press on Thursday.
The Sabers will be one of seven teams excluded from the NHL revival tournament, if the season is finished. They have not participated in the playoffs since spring 2011.
In a video interview, Pegula noted the importance of continuity in team leadership, especially in the current environment.
However, this does not mean that the Pegula family is fully satisfied with the results of the team. The Sabers were 13th in the Eastern Conference when the NHL paused on March 12 due to the new coronavirus pandemic. His nine-season non-playoff streak is the longest in the NHL.
The Sabers had a jagged campaign despite the stiffer structure of their new head coach Ralph Krueger. They notably won nine of their first 12 games, then lost 10 of the following 12.
Jack Eichel, Sam Reinhart and rookie Victor Olofsson scored 78 of the Sabers' 193 goals. Jeff Skinner was in trouble with 23 points in his first season after signing an eight season and 72 million US contract extension.
Botterill may have the opportunity to reshape the team during the off season. The Sabers could have more than 35 million room for maneuver under the salary cap. This figure, however, could be affected by the economic impact of the pandemic on the finances of the NHL.