Buffalo Sabres GM search not going as quickly as planned

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:

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:

That last tweet includes the name Brad Treliving, who is the current assistant GM of the Phoenix Coyotes.

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.