Kraken hires former Sabres GM Jason Botterill as assistant GM; Norm Maciver hired as director of player personnel

Former Buffalo Sabres general manager Jason Botterill knows his new Kraken team doesn’t have much time to mesh as a front office. Between an expansion draft fast upcoming next summer and a pandemic that’s limited scouting opportunities much of the past year, the man announced Tuesday as a newlyminted assistant GM to top dog Ron Francis feels communication will be key. And in working alongside Francis recently during another time-pressed situation co-managing Team Canada’s entry at the 2019 IIHF World Hockey Championship, Botterill sensed they’d already developed a rapport. “We got together and…

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