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from Set Rorobaugh of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
At the conclusion of the NHL draft today, Botterill (assistant GM) held court with the media and addressed the team's salary cap, how they'll proceed with free agency and the team's depth on the blue line:
On the team's salary cap space:
"I think the good situation that we’re in right now is that it’s not that have to move players. We want to bring young players into our organization especially on defense here. It’s going to be a situation where we have to make some decisions on free agency. You want to go after your top players but there’s also going to be cap restraints there. But it’s not as if we have to move players out because of our salary cap situation now."
Can you be aggressive in free agency with limited cap space?
"I think you can always be aggressive [with] different roles. Are you going to be going for top-end forwards and defenseman? No. But if you’re being aggressive going for specific needs, I think that’s what we’ll be doing for sure on July 1."
from the Beaver County Times,
Now embarking on his second season as the Pittsburgh Penguins’ director of hockey administration, (Jason) Botterill hardly qualifies as dumb. C’mon, the guy has a master’s degree in business. And though he may have been a jock in his younger days — he did have an outstanding amateur hockey career — Botterill is taking more enlightened pursuits these days.
His job duties include monitoring the NHL’s salary cap, financial forecasting, performing contract research and working on salary arbitration cases.
But make no mistake, given his druthers, Botterill would still like to be on the ice instead of the front office. It just didn’t work out that way.