9:00 PM: A source within the organization tells the Associated Press’ John Wawrow that 12 scouts have been fired today. This is believed to be more than half of the Sabres’ scouting staff. Also included in the purge was Assistant Director of Amateur Scouting Jeff Crisp.
4:05 PM: Director of Amateur Scouting Ryan Jankowski has also been relieved of his duties with the Buffalo Sabres, per Elliotte Friedman.
2:52 PM: After now-former-GM Jason Botterill was let go from the Buffalo Sabres earlier today, it was perhaps more surprising to hear that two well-regarded assistants would be cut loose from Buffalo as well. Apparently, more carnage is coming. It’s not yet clear the extent to which layoffs will be made, but there are more firings to come, per The Athletic’s John Vogl. Scouts and hockey operations personnel may be cut loose by the end of the day. Per Vogl, these changes were not at all anticipated by those inside the building.
Chris Taylor is the latest name to be let loose from Buffalo. The Amerks head coach has been officially relieved of his duties. This comes following the news earlier in the day that Rochester GM Randy Sexton was also let go. Taylor’s assistants in Rochester, Gord Dineen and Toby Peterson, have also been fired, per Mike Harrington of TBN Sports.
After nine straight losing seasons, the Sabres don’t have a ton of public capital saved up, and they’ve lost some more today. Sweeping changes have come at a strange time, given previous comments made by ownership and the general (if slight) upward trajectory of the organization over the last calendar year. Whatever the reason for the changes, the organization made some bold decisions today, and there are some respected hockey minds hitting the open market right now.