Botterill, 37, is a former first-round pick (20th overall, 1994) that transitioned from an eight-year professional career to the front office in swift time, earning a masters of business admin degree from the University of Michigan and working at the NHL’s Central Registry before joining the Pens in 2007.
Praised for his cap management skills with Pittsburgh — the Pens have been able to retain almost all their high-priced stars — Botterill has ties to the Buffalo organization, having played for the organization from 2002-05. Botterill also has ties to Sabres senior adviser Ken Sawyer and president Ted Black, as Sawyer and Black both used to work in Pittsburgh.
Pat LaFontaine, named as Buffalo’s new president of hockey operations on Wednesday, said he already has a shortlist of candidates for the vacant GM gig.
And now we wait for the other shoe to drop, because according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, the Anaheim Ducks have come to terms with defenseman Hampus Lindholm on a six-year contract extension with a cap hit of $5.25 million.
It’s a win for the Ducks, who succeed in their quest to get Lindholm locked up with a lower cap hit than the Sabres got Rasmus Ristolainen ($5.4 million).
Pastrnak was whistled for a minor penalty on the play, which occurred in the second period of Boston’s 5-2 loss at MSG on Wednesday night. Girardi left the contest momentarily, but was able to return and finished with 16:15 TOI.
“I don’t really know it makes contact with my face at first, but it is what it is, I’m kind of vulnerable,” Girardi said of the hit, per the New York Post. “He’s going to try to make a hit. He just hit me in the front of the face, so it wasn’t like it was the side-of-the-head hit or something.
“As soon as I got up, I was fine.”
Pastrnak, who did appear to leave his feet to make the hit, doesn’t have any history with the DoPS, and has never been subjected to supplemental discipline from the department.
His hearing will take place on Friday.
Former Isles goalie Kevin Poulin signs with KHL club