In three seasons as general manager of the Sabres, Botterill finished his tenure with a 88-115-30 record, which amounted to finishes of 31st, 27th and 25th place in that span. The team has shown minimal improvement over the three seasons under Botterill's lead, and has extended its franchise record playoff drought to nine consecutive seasons.
This past season saw Buffalo finish 30-31-8 in 69 games before the season ended prematurely for the Sabres due to the coronavirus pandemic. The team ended up finishing just two points behind the Montreal Canadiens for the 12th and final spot in the Eastern Conference qualifying round in the NHL's Return To Play format this summer.
The Sabres have also fired the rest of their front office staff in assistant general managers Randy Sexton and Steve Greeley.
Adams becomes the ninth general manager in franchise history, and the fourth general manager of the Sabres since the Pegulas bought the franchise back in 2011. The Clarence, New York native has been part of the Sabres organization since 2011 as a development coach after retiring from the NHL in 2009 after a 13-year career in professional hockey. The 45-year-old has also spent time as an assitant coach under head coach Lindy Ruff, and was named as the Senior Vice President of Business Administration in September of 2019.
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