BUFFALO, NY-- The Buffalo Sabres announced Thursday they have hired Jason Botterill as the team's new General Manager.

Botterill has been with the Pittsburgh Penguins organization for the past 11 years, most recently as Associate General Manager. Botterill also played hockey for the Buffalo Sabres (Rochester Americans) organization for the last three years of his hockey playing years.

"We are very happy to welcome Jason Botterill to the Buffalo Sabres family," owner Terry Pegula said. “Jason’s hockey knowledge, experience drafting and developing players, and his approach to management stood out to us during our interview process. Jason has built a solid reputation as a leader that connects strongly with players and staff around him. We are confident he will have a positive impact within our organization and will help us get to our ultimate goal."

Botterill has been given a good deal of credit for helping to create the Penguins Stanley Cup winning teams in 2009 and 2016.

His first order of business in Buffalo will be to hire a head coach to replace Dan Bylsma who was fired along with GM Tim Murray in the wake of a sixth straight season out of the playoffs for the franchise.