.007 Percentage Points

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.007 Percentage Points

What’s Happening: Sabres General Manager Jason Botterill is out in Buffalo following another year where his team found themselves on the outside looking in on the playoff picture. Senior VP of Business Operations Kevyn Adams has been promoted to replace Botterill.

Tell Me More: According to Lance Lysowski from the Buffalo News “Botterill was among the more than three dozen executives who were given a temporary tiered pay cut in April when Pegula Sports and Entertainment (who own the Sabres) announced that 21 people were laid off, 104 were being furloughed, including members of the hockey operations department.”

.007 percentage points: That’s how close the Sabres were to qualifying for the NHL’s 24-team playoff.

The Bigger Picture: Members of the AHL’s Rochester Americans were also fired in what appears to be an organizational rebuild. “It’s now Adams’ responsibility to build around Jack Eichel while facing an uncertain cap situation and financial directives that will change how the Sabres attempt to build a playoff contender.”

The Bottom Line

What’s Happening: In the past few months, have you found yourself asking why the NHL is risking the safety of its players to return to action? All you have to do is look at the league’s bottom line.

Tell Me More: AP News’ John Wawrow writes that “the NHL’s bottom line could be sheared in half in the short term, effectively erasing the gains made since owners and players reached a revenue-sharing agreement following the lockout. The anticipated drop in revenue has already caused a large ripple through the league.”

The Bigger Picture: That ripple is impacting the employees of NHL teams. “At least 10 teams have laid off employees or announced indefinite furloughs, with many executives taking pay cuts.”

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