Friedman: Botterill not afraid to make changes

There is clearly more work to be done on the Buffalo Sabres, so how might that translate this summer?

Elliotte Friedman had a Friday morning radio hit on Toronto’s Sportsnet 590.

With the Sabres having been shut out three games in a row and having lost notably more than they’ve won in recent months following their terrific start to the season, the Insider was asked “what kind of turbulence and turmoil-filled offseason could this be for the Buffalo Sabres, who are obviously sinking fast down the standings.”

“Well, last year you’ll remember they didn’t like the way it ended,” noted Friedman. “They didn’t like the comments that Ryan O’Reilly made at the end of the year, and they traded him. What it says to me is that the reworking of the Buffalo Sabres is not done, and there is more coming.

“They haven’t gotten a Skinner extension done yet. The closer you get, the more you wonder, ‘Is it going to happen.’ I’ve heard the issue is term. It would seem to make sense in the fact that it’s not done yet. But when you’re going like this you kind of wonder, ‘Is it any guarantee that he’ll be staying.’

“Jason Botterill, I don’t think that guy’s afraid. He’ll take a look and he’ll decide what he thinks is ailing them; and just like last year, I think you’re going to tell what he thinks is the problem by who goes out or who gets traded or moved or whatever in the offseason.

“I don’t think you’re going to see a guy afraid to make more changes. They’ve got some cornerstones, and he’ll move the people around them.”

Skinner is in the final season of a six-year, $34.35 million contract, and he can become an unrestricted free agent this summer.


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