Sabres part ways with director of amateur scouting, three AHL coaches

Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula speaks during a Rochester Americans news conference. (AP Photo/Democrat and Chronicle, Jamie Germano)

The Buffalo Sabres have announced more staff changes hours after parting ways with general manager Jason Botterill and assistant general managers Steve Greeley and Randy Sexton.

Rochester Americans head coach Chris Taylor and assistant coaches Gord Dineen and Toby Petersen have been relieved of their duties. Additionally, director of amateur scouting Ryan Jankowski and “a good chunk of amateur staff” have been let go too, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reports.

“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,” Sabres owners Terry and Kim Pegula said in a statement announcing Botterill’s departure.

Taylor was hired as Americans head coach in June 2017, but had spent 14 seasons earlier in his career with the team as both a player and development coach. The Americans were second in the AHL’s North Division this season with a 33-20-4-5 record before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the campaign in March.

Jankowski was hired in July 2017 and oversaw two drafts in Buffalo, including in 2018 when the Sabres selected Rasmus Dahlin first overall. Before joining the Sabres, he worked in various roles with Hockey Canada, the Montreal Canadiens and New York Islanders.

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