He touched on topics such as the current state of the team of, the head coach, Kyle Okposo, and trade deadline. Unfortunately, it may not have been a lot of what fans wanted to hear for the most part.
On the head coach:
Botterill on coaching change? "No. We've made progress as an organization compared to last year. We've been in a position where we've been in games. I see the results on the ice. I see the communication we're going through here. There's not going to be a coaching change." #Sabres pic.twitter.com/H8kds5bmHc— Mike Harrington (@ByMHarrington) February 20, 2019
On the NHL Trade Deadline:
While Botterill will continue to talk to GMs leading to deadline, prime goal is to develop from within. Says players are learning it’s a challenge to win games in second half.— John Vogl (@BuffaloVogl) February 20, 2019
On Jeff Skinner:
Jason Botterill on Jeff Skinner's contract status: "Both his group and ours have obviously continued our dialogue. We haven’t done play-by-play in the media just because that’s the way we wanted to go about things. Both sides continue to work to try to find a resolution."— John Vogl (@BuffaloVogl) February 20, 2019
Times are tense in Buffalo and Botterill has a lot of work ahead of him to improve his hockey club. It sounds like the Sabres won’t be very active by the Trade Deadline on Monday, outside of perhaps a few small moves.
It’ll also be interesting to see if the Sabres general manager has a change of heart on the coaching staff if the team continues to slide out of contention.
You can here the full interview right here: