Mike Harrington: Extension in hand, Kevyn Adams has trust to build long run as Sabres GM

Mike Harrington

On the day when Terry Pegula fired Jason Botterill roughly 27 months ago, the Buffalo Sabres’ owner made a stark admission when he glumly said the communication had broken down and he was no longer being listened to by his general manager.

So it was no coincidence on Wednesday, when Pegula gave handpicked choice Kevyn Adams a well-deserved contract extension, that the owner’s news release praised Adams for his “communication skills and dedication to the entire organization.”

Adams and coach Don Granato talk all the time about culture and having people who want to be with the Sabres. They’re not talking about just players. 

“It’s an honor to have this job,” Adams said Thursday morning as the Sabres opened camp in KeyBank Center. “It’s such a responsibility to our players, our coaching staff, our whole organization, our community and the Sabres fans to get this right.”

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Adams, of course, knows what this means. When you grow up in Clarence and sit in the oranges at the Aud like he did, you learn fast. As the playoff drought hit 11 years, last season’s fine finish has folks in these parts ready to jump back in after they almost completely tuned out at the start of last season. Adams has been undaunted in rebuilding this team and helping to marry all the parts that go with it.

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