Pens' Cap Expert Botterill Has Challenging Job

By Rossi, Rob | Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, September 23, 2007 | Go to article overview

Pens' Cap Expert Botterill Has Challenging Job


Rossi, Rob, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


Jason Botterill smiles too much for a guy charged with one of hockey's most arduous post-lockout tasks.

"People talk about it being tough to develop a legacy and tradition in the salary-cap world," said Botterill, hired this summer by Penguins general manager Ray Shero as director of hockey administration. "And it is tough, but that does not mean you do not try."

Botterill said the reason he wanted to join the Penguins was the challenge of helping Shero figure out a financial way to keep intact the club's enviable core of talented stars -- starting with Sidney Crosby and Ryan Whitney, each of whom were signed to long-term extensions at agreeable cap costs during the offseason.

A former University of Michigan standout on the ice and a veteran of eight professional seasons, Botterill will wear many hats with the Penguins, including that of scout. His main objective, however, is to understand every possible aspect of the salary cap.

Just do not call Botterill a "cap-ologist."

"That might not be the proper term," Shero said. "Jason was a captain in the minors. He worked with NHL central registry. He scouted with Dallas (last season). He is a well-rounded asset."

With a Masters in business administration, Botterill is as comfortable with numbers as he was the penalty box at Michigan, where he ranks second all-time in penalty minutes.

Botterill's playing days ended after the 2004-05 season. He quickly found work with central registry, where he worked under current vice president and managing director Sean MacLeod, who helped tutor Botterill in the ways of salary arbitration.

"He basically quarterbacked the arbitration process by providing clubs with information," MacLeod said. "I found him to be a quick study. And in dealing with him since he joined (the Penguins) he seems to have grasped the explanations and how the concepts apply.

"Jason is a smart guy and he studies. He really knows what he is doing, especially when it comes to salary arbitration."

Botterill's assessment that salary arbitration "sets the market for restricted free agents" was proven this summer when many clubs, including the Penguins with Crosby and Whitney, chose to lock up younger players with guaranteed contracts in favor of allowing them to become restricted free agents with salary arbitration rights.

Upon interviewing with Shero and assistant general manager Chuck Fletcher at the 2007 NHL entry draft in Columbus, Botterill impressed his would-be bosses with a presentation that included a likely salary arbitration case for Whitney, who was set to become a restricted free agent.

When the free-agent season opened July 1, the Penguins announced a six-year extension for Whitney that would guarantee him $24 million and them an offensive weapon on the blueline at a cap hit of only $4 million annually.

"Look, if a player has the opportunity to go to (salary arbitration), you have to take it seriously and abide by it," Botterill said. "You have to project. It is just like anything on Wall Street. You have to project for a good, bad or neutral year.

"Every contract we do right now has an impact down the road."

The Penguins believe they secured Whitney's services at a bargain. Botterill said the same of Crosby's deal -- a five-year extension that kicks in after this season and will pay him $43.5 million.

Crosby's contract will count $8.7 million against a cap that does not figure to rise substantially from its current projection, $48.

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

Pens' Cap Expert Botterill Has Challenging Job
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.