July 30, 1993 -- The Buffalo Sabres shuffled their administrative deck on this day.
Gerry Meehan, the team's general manager, was moved up to Executive Vice-President of Sports Operations. John Mucker, the head coach, added most of the general manager's duties in the switch.
It's the first time the Sabres had named a general manager without firing the former occupant of the position.
"We've worked well together, and I expect we'll continue to work well together," Muckler said at a news conference. "I don't think you can be coach and GM under the traditional format, but under the format we designed and intend to operate under, I don't see any problems with it."
Meehan was said to have hopes of becoming the team's president at some point, but that didn't happen. He left the Sabres in 1995. Muckler stepped down as coach in the summer of 1995, and stayed as general manager for two more years.
--- Budd Bailey