Sabres' Botterill wants to see more improvement, especially at home

December 15, 2017
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Buffalo, NY (WGR 550) - The Sabres have points in five out of six games with Carolina in tonight. General Manager Jason Botterill spoke today in front of a Winter Classic truck. He said, the team needs to be even better, “We have to improve in short situations here. Yes, we’ve been impressed with how we’ve performed in the last little bit here, but last night was disappointing, I thought we had an opportunity to continue with the point streak, but now we have to respond from that and have a good performance in front of our fans here.

“We haven’t done that enough throughout the year and here’s a good opportunity tonight.”

The NHL holiday roster freeze starts Tuesday and goes through Dec 27. Botterill has been talking to other GM’s, but he can’t predict if anything will get done, “I’ve had conversations going on, but I wouldn’t say anything is imminent right now.”

Botterill said it was a very hard decision and he had difficult conversations to waive Matt Moulson. He mentioned that he hopes this jump starts Moulson’s NHL career again. In three games with Ontario, Moulson has no goals and seven assists.

Alex Nylander struggled in Rochester as an 18-year-old and isn’t doing any better as a 19-year-old. This season Nylander has one goal and three assists for four points in 12 games. There’s talk that Sweden wants him for his third World Junior Tournament. Botterill won’t commit to if he’ll release him, “That’s something that we’ll continue to have discussions. We still have had discussions with Team Sweden throughout.

“I’ve always been a proponent of the World Juniors, I think it’s very good for their development and we’ll see how things progress next week.”

If you’d like to hear the full interview, join Brian Koziol in the second intermission of tonight’s game.   

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