When the Buffalo Sabres fired 17-year general manager Darcy Regier on November 13th, it was announced that newly appointed director of hockey operations, Pat Lafontaine, would locate a worthy replacement and move forward with redefining the Sabres organization. Almost a month later, the process is taking longer than Lafontaine expected. According to Stan Fischler of the Fischler Report, Lafontaine originally hoped to have a new GM in place within two-weeks of Regier’s termination:
— Stan Fischler (@StanFischler) December 4, 2013
Many names have surfaced as possible replacements for Regier in Buffalo. Among them, currently employed assistant general managers have led the charge. Jim Benning, who serves under Pete Chiarelli in Boston, has garnered the most media attention as the Sabres new decision maker. Rick Dudley in Montreal, Paul Fenton of the Nashville Predators, and Jason Botterill of the Pittsburgh Penguins organization have also been named as candidates being looked at by the Sabres organization. According to Fischler’s tweet, Tim Murray of the Ottawa Senators is now in the equation. Here are some more tweets regarding the Sabres general managers:
Jim Benning has been given permission to talk to the Sabres about the vacant GM job.
— John Shannon (@JSportsnet) November 19, 2013
The Sabres are considering Nashville Asst. GM Paul Fenton in search for GM, sources say. He's been interested. http://t.co/CvRDv8I1tO
— John Vogl (@BuffNewsVogl) November 20, 2013
— Howard WGR (@hsimon62) November 20, 2013
Sabres fans are patiently waiting to discover who will be tasked with steering the ship moving forward. According to Fischler, they will have their answer soon.
I'm wondering who's leading in #PatLaFontaine's g.m. search. Should be done soon. As a Buffalo fan, who would you pick?
— Stan Fischler (@StanFischler) November 29, 2013