Jason Botterill is used to conducting exit interviews with his players late in the spring, recently as late as June. During his tenure with the Pittsburgh Penguins, early April was a time for looking ahead to playoff runs, not back on a disappointing season.
Speaking to the media on Wednesday, Botterill made no secret of his frustration with the way his first season played out as general manager of the Buffalo Sabres. The Sabres finished 31st in the NHL, and Botterill found himself conduction exit meetings on April 9.
"I guess I could be articulate," he said, "but I'll just say it sucks that we won't be watching live playoff hockey right now."