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Although his rebuilding job isn’t complete yet, Buffalo Sabers general manager Kevyn Adams signed a contract extension on Wednesday in a sign from ownership that the once stalled franchise is pointing in the right direction. AP file image

Buffalo — Although his rebuilding job isn’t complete yet, Buffalo Sabers general manager Kevin Adams signed a contract extension on Wednesday, in a sign that the property believes the franchise is pointing in the right direction.

Extension terms were not disclosed. Adams, who is in his third season as GM, signed the deal as the players announced the start of training camp.

The team that has undergone a major transformation since Adams – a former NHL player with no hockey management experience – has been promoted from a job on the team’s business side after Jason Pottrell’s sudden dismissal in June 2020.

In that time, Cypress changed coaches, from Ralph Krueger to Don Granato, clearing much of their team’s heart, highlighted by the trade that sent Captain Jack Eichel to the Vegas Golden Knights in November.

Adams’ plan was to rebuild Swordsmen through youngsters and around players who valued being in Buffalo. What’s not over yet is that Sears are vying for a playoff spot to end an 11-year drought after the season that is now the longest in NHL history.

“Kevyn’s leadership and vision over the past two seasons have proven invaluable, and I am confident in his ability to continue moving forward as an organization,” Owner Terry Pegula said in a statement. “I, along with fans and the community, are thrilled to see Kevin continue to build a winning culture on and off the ice.”

The Sabers showed signs of promise last season, closing in 12-6-3 to finish with a record 32-39-11. The Buffalo finished fifth in the Atlantic League, matching the best team since they were third in 2011-12.

Most importantly, the juniors were led by the juniors, including quarterback Taj Thompson, who scored the 38 best goals of his career. Thompson prospered under Granato after suffering during the Kruger period.

Adams’ influence was also evident from the influence of forwards Alex Tosh and Peyton Cripps, who were acquired in trade for Eshel. Through other moves, Adams refitted the Sabers farm system with a series of first-round draft picks, freeing up space under the salary cap by ridding the team of overpriced and underperforming players.

The 47-year-old Adams is from the Buffalo area and has enjoyed a 10-year NHL playing career. He won the Stanley Cup in 2006 with the Carolina Hurricanes.

After serving briefly as an agent, Adams joined Sabers in 2009 in a player development role and eventually worked as an assistant coach. He also helped create the Sabers-backed hockey academy program, and was the team’s vice president of commercial operations when he took over as general manager.

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