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President of Hockey Operations not an option for Pegulas

WGRZ has confirmed a TSN report that the Pegulas are not interested in changing the structure at the top of their hockey department.
Credit: AP
Newly hired Buffalo Sabres' General Manager Jason Botterill, center, displays his Sabres jersey at First Niagara Center in Buffalo, N.Y., Thursday, May 11, 2017. Botterill is leaving the Pittsburgh Penguins to take over a team that owner Terry Pegula, left, criticized for lacking structure and discipline. At right is Kim Pegula, Terry Pegula wife, (AP Photo/John Wawrow)

BUFFALO, N.Y. — The Sabres are on the brink of missing the playoffs for the ninth straight season . 

With the team's struggles and the inability of the roster to advance at this stage of the rebuild, there have been calls among fans and media for the Sabres to hire an experienced President of Hockey Operations as a leader and liason between owernship and the hockey department.

The Pegulas aren't interested. 

TSN reported on Tuesday that they are satisfied with the direct communication with GM Jason Botterill. 

WGRZ's Adam Benigni has independently confirmed through a source that is the case. 

Botterill has two assistant general managers in Randy Sexton and Steve Greeley. 

The Pegulas have maintained a direct report from GM to ownership since former President of Hockey Operations Pat LaFontaine resigned after a brief stint in the role back in 2014.