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Botterill on Kane: 'Right now, we're not focusing on extensions'

The Sabres general manager sat down with the Bulldog on Friday at (716) Food and Sport

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December 15, 2017 - 5:15 pm
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The Buffalo Sabres had one of their best stretches of the season this past week with points in four straight games. They were unable to keep that going with a loss on Thursday night in Philadelphia against the Flyers. With the World Juniors approaching, and the NHL roster freeze, topics with the Sabres range from Alex Nylander to Evander Kane.

Sabres general manager Jason Botterill joined Schopp and the Bulldog on Friday from (716) Food and Sports, and here's some of what he had to say:
 

On the changes to the team over the last few weeks:
"Our defense if finally getting healthy. Bringing in a player like Scott Wilson, coming from a winning culture. Hopefully can play with a little more speed. Will continue to look at different things on how to adjust out team. I think we know our key people in that group. Players can go in or out of that group for sure."


On how trade talks are going around the league:
"Certainly busy. Think a lot of teams are. Most guys have a good idea of what their team is. Are they going to be a buyer, or seller. There's a lot of communication before the roster freeze. Think those discussions will continue through the freeze, and could be some things that come quickly after."


When asked if he's already in seller mode:
"We have certain players that other teams want. Obviously where we are in the standings we need to look at the future too."


On if there's any discussion of an Evander Kane extension:
"Well aware of Evander's status, and his desires. Right now we're not focusing on extensions. We're looking at improving the team. For the most part, an expiring contract like that, you're bringing in a future asset. The team acquiring him is going for a Stanley Cup run."


On Rasmus Ristolainen to this point in the year:
"Just look at our record with him out of the lineup. He's a young defenseman. We expect so much, because it seems like he's been around forever, but he's such a young player. Guys are coming out of college at the same age. That being said, there's a lot to develop still. Wants to work on his skills, but he's a very good all around defenseman. Would like to see more of that heavy shot, he's always playing against the other team's top lines."


For the entirety of Jason Botterill on Schopp and the Bulldog, you can listen to it below:

12-15 Sabres GM Jason Botterill at (716) Food & Sport with Bulldog

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