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The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has signed forward Curtis Lazar to a two-year contract with an AAV of $800,000.


  • Made his Sabres debut in 2019-20, setting career-high marks in faceoff percentage and goals per game and tying his career high in points per game.
  • Played 18 games for the Rochester Americans (AHL) in 2019-20, leading the team in points per game (.78) and ranking third with a plus-10 rating.
  • Won two WHL Championships and a Memorial Cup as a member of the Edmonton Oil Kings before captaining Team Canada to a gold medal at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship, where he tied for the tournament lead in goals.

“Curtis established himself as an important player for the organization last season and we’re excited to see him stay with the Sabres for the next two seasons. His abilities as a player and character as a person make him a perfect fit for the Buffalo Sabres organization on and off the ice.”

– Sabres General Manager Kevyn Adams


The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has named Jeremiah Crowe its director of scouting. In addition, director of analytics Jason Nightingale has added the title of assistant director of scouting.

Career History:

  • Began his scouting career with a professional scouting internship with the Sabres in 2008. Re-joined the team in 2017-18 for his first of three seasons as a pro scout.
  • Spent two seasons with USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program; served as assistant director of player personnel in 2015-16 before being promoted to director of player personnel for the 2016-17 season.
  • Prior to joining USA Hockey, worked as a coach at LECOM Harborcenter’s Academy of Hockey beginning at the Academy’s inception in 2014.
  • Also spent two seasons (2013-14 and 2014-15) as a scout for the Dubuque Fighting Saints (USHL) and served as an assistant coach at Buffalo State College from 2011-12 through 2013-14.
  • Appeared in 91 NCAA games as a defenseman for the Clarkson Golden Knights; won the school’s fifth ECAC Championship as a freshman in 2006-07.

Career History:

  • Served as the Sabres’ director of analytics in 2018-19 and 2019-20 after spending the previous five seasons with the team in the analytics department.
  • Earned a joint Ph.D. in Mathematics and Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame in 2013.
  • Coaching experience includes two seasons as a volunteer assistant coach at the University of Notre Dame, three seasons with Culver Military Academy and two seasons at Marian High School in Indiana, as well as a role at several USA Hockey national camps.
  • Played four NCAA seasons (1998-99 to 2001-02) as a forward at Lake Superior State University while earning his undergraduate degree. Also served as an alternate captain for the Des Moines Buccaneers (USHL) in 1997-98, helping lead the Buccaneers to a regular-season title, a Clark Cup appearance and a USA Hockey Gold Cup title.


The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has relieved Jason Botterill of his duties as General Manager. Senior Vice President of Business Administration Kevyn Adams has been named General Manager.

“This morning, we informed Jason Botterill he will no longer be the General Manager of the Sabres. This decision was made after many candid discussions with Jason during a full review of our hockey operation. We recognized we have philosophical differences regarding how best to put ourselves in a position to compete for a Stanley Cup. So, we decided to make this change.

We wish Jason and his family all the best moving forward, and we thank him for his time and energy devoted to our organization and to the City of Buffalo.

New General Manager Kevyn Adams and Head Coach Ralph Krueger already have a close working relationship and we are excited to see what they can do together as we reconfigure our hockey operations. We have the benefit of this long 2020 pause to take time to reorganize and re-energize our hockey department. We recognize the importance of this offseason with so many player decisions to be made.

We have had the pleasure of watching Kevyn build his post-playing career over the past nine years under multiple roles throughout our organizations. We are confident Kevyn and Ralph will work together to build a consistent contender. As always, we are here to provide the necessary resources.

Our fans deserve better, and we are all tasked with the burden to improve and provide them a consistent, contending team for years to come.”

Terry and Kim Pegula, Owners, Buffalo Sabres

Ralph Krueger Conference Call (3/23/20)

Ralph Krueger Conference Call (10:45 p.m.)