Poll: Who Will Be the Next Buffalo Sabres GM?

Incase you hadn’t heard as of yet the Buffalo Sabres are skating right on without a general manager as of now since Dary Regier has been Screen Shot 2013-11-13 at 11.47.55 PMrelieved of his duties. Now the Sabres did hire Pat LaFontaine but he turned down the role as GM and accepted a position as the president of hockey operations, so while it’s great to have LaFontaine back working in the front office the Sabres still need a GM.

The word on the street is the Buffalo Sabres already have their “short-list” of GM’s they’re interested in will want to hire the next GM within the coming weeks, if not sooner. So which GM’s have made the short-list and which ones stand the best chance to become the next GM of the Buffalo Sabres?

Here’s a few possible options.

A guy that I really like is Brian Burke. He’s got success with the Anaheim Ducks and did a very solid job rebuilding the Toronto Maple Leafs even though he was let go before the Leafs started to play well. He made a lot of the big moves and really set the table for Dave Nonis. Burke clearly knows how to build a winning hockey team and rebuild a team, so I think he’s worth an interview at least. He is the type of GM who takes no nonsense and would be open to spend money in the offseason, but he doesn’t like to be “supervised.”

A name that is making a lot of waves is Rick Dudley who is the current assistant general manager in Montreal. He coached in Buffalo from 1989-1992 and would help make it a clean sweep of people coming back to Buffalo. Dudley is a very knowledgable hockey guy and has experience running a team and could be a solid choice as GM.

A surprising name on the list is Mark Messier and I think everyone can agree he’d be a very interesting GM. He was a little hurt being passed over by the New York Rangers and his heart has never left the game, so he’d undoubtedly be a spirited and passionate GM. But he doesn’t have the experience that LaFontaine may be looking for when picking a new GM.

Other names floating around are Jason Botterill who is the assistant GM with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Brendan Shanahan director of player safety for the NHL and Neil Smith who has been out of managing since 2006 but is looking to get back in.

Vote in the poll on which GM you think stands the best shot at becoming the next GM of the Buffalo Sabres and leading them through this rebuild. Also sound off in the comments on who you think should be the next GM.

Who Will Be the Buffalo Sabres Next GM?

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  • Joe

    Really? Shannaban? Havent heard that yet but if he comes say goodbye to kaleta and scott

    • Dano

      If Shannaban shows up for an interview, I know hundreds of people that will defecate on his car. The guy is bad news for Hockey in general and just a lapdog for a paycheck with no honor left in his soul!

      • Jes

        Yup he’s no good. I’d be the first to poop on his car.

    • Caitlin Campbell

      he’s a guy who’s gotten some consideration but I don’t know how serious it is

  • jimbobv2

    I was thinking Neil Smith. But, it might be Jeff Gorton or Jim Benning, too.

    • Caitlin Campbell

      Other than Neil Smith I haven’t heard much talk about the other 2

      • jimbobv2

        Gorton is the Asst GM with the Rangers. He was the interim GM of the Bruins who pulled off the Raycroft for Rask trade with Toronto and then oversaw the draft that landed them Phil Kessel, Milan Lucic, and Brad Marchand.

        Jim Benning is a former Sabres scout who is now the Asst GM with the Bruins.

  • Joe

    My wildcard vote is wayne gretzky. It sure would bring a winning environment

    • Caitlin Campbell

      yup he was one of the names on the list

      • qwicwted

        Why? He didn’t do much in Phoenix? I like the idea of Messier, but he doesn’t have any ties to Buffalo. Dudley I do like, but I think Botterill is the best choice. Burke – he has a big mouth and he does his own thing – not really a team guy.

        • Caitlin Campbell

          yup Burke wouldn’t fit in well with the team atmosphere the Sabres are trying to build

  • Kevin

    Although I think they’re going to go with the more experienced Jason Botterill, I also think Messier would be a fine choice solidify the the respect the organization will have around the league as well as his hockey IQ, and ton of connections as well. I believe he would have no trouble recognizing talent. Jason Botterill will come with a wealth of experience in what it takes to be a great GM. He has a masters in business and joins up with his friend and former Penguin Ted Black, so there is familiarity there. Those are my two choices.

    • Caitlin Campbell

      I wouldn’t mind seeing either Messier or Botterill as the GM TBH- both are solid guys with a lot of hockey IQ

  • chas territo

    dud’s seems like a good choice for GM. How about messier, the Captain as assistant GM?

    • Jes

      Dudley IMO would be horrible choice. I know people like the idea of a 3 for 3 sweep of former Sabres coming back but just because he’s coached here before doesn’t mean he’d be a good choice as GM right. I personally don’t like the makeup of the Canadiens either. Shanahan would be 10X as worse.

      Messier, Botterill and Burke would be my main choices.

      • Caitlin Campbell

        Those are my top 3 as well Jess.

    • Caitlin Campbell

      Dudley is one of the top 3 for sure… and Messier would be a great addition with his hockey passion and logic

  • http://musingmaryann.wordpress.com/ Mary Ann

    I don’t think Burke would fit with the chemistry of the present front office folks in Buffalo. He is a kind of shoot-from-the-hip guy and he reminds me of that jackwagon Colin Campbell – always saying the wrong things with the press around and then coming across as a … jackwagon. While the Buffalo press would be salivating over the idea of Burke as GM, I hope not.

    I agree with Kevin about Botterill and while Messier would be acceptable, I think he is too much flash for Buffalo and Shannahan, well, because I really don’t like him as a person, I don’t want him – so, hoping for Botterill – I think he would be the best fit. I loved what T-Pegs said during the presser about it all being about people, their passion, etc.

    • Caitlin Campbell

      I agree Burke wouldn’t mesh with the chremistry but he does have a history of building solid teams. I truly hope they go with the guy who does bring the most passion to the table- Botterill would be a solid guy

  • Dano

    CC : You left out Burkes rebuild with the Nucks. He pulled the strings to attain both the Sedins.

    I like Burke as he is known for getting the players he wants. He has drawbacks though.

    Looking at that list and I dont see any that stand out. The pickings are pretty thin right now.

    • Jes

      Burke would be awesome. Vancouver Canucks, Anaheim Ducks, and Toronto Maple Leafs need we say more? He built those teams from the ground up. But would he wanna be here?

      • Caitlin Campbell

        Plus LaFontaine and Regier want “team players” Burke isn’t exactly a team play. But I would love Burke personally

        • Andrew

          Who cares what Regier wants???

          • Caitlin Campbell

            opps typo there that should be Pegula

    • Caitlin Campbell

      Yes I was going to add Burke’s time with the Nucks but I wasn’t sure exactly when he arrived and how far he took the team. I would love Burke but he does have his drawbacks

      • Dano

        I think he joined the Canucks in.. 99? 98? He did good in drafting Ryan Kessler and the Twins. He did good for them but wasnt offered a new contract?

        He did ‘ ok ‘ with the Ducks. Was at the Helm for 2 years before they won the Cup.

        He did quite well with Toronto. He took on Phil Kessel ( worked well for Toronto ) and gave up Tyler Seguin whom didnt work out in Boston ( Thriving in Dallas this year ).

        I dont know exactly what the ailments to Burke really are, but his track record seems ‘ ok ‘. On the surface he seems like a solid GM. I dunno why things in Toronto didn’t work out for him, might have been outside influences? Sons Death? Dunno.

        • Caitlin Campbell

          He is a really solid GM for sure and he did a fantastic job in Toronto. What a lot of people don’t know is that the Leafs are owned by MLSE and MLSE brought in 2 new “head people” and they didn’t mesh well with Burke’s hard-nose managing style so they got rid of him

  • Tim

    Dudley also got glossed over. He helped build the 04 Cup winning Lightning AND the 2010 cup winning Hawks. Plus, he still has a residence in Buffalo. Not sure Montreal lets Buffalo talk to him though.

    • Jes

      Quick question doesn’t a team have to allow an assistant or whatever be interviewed by another team that is looking to fill a more high profile position then his current status? I’m sure there is something like that in there contracts, well there should be anyways.

      • Caitlin Campbell

        yes they do and as of yet the Canadiens have not said yes- from what I’ve heard.

    • Caitlin Campbell

      as of yet they haven’t

  • Jes

    Shanahan no way Jose.
    The name I like on there I like is Messier and Botterill.

    • Caitlin Campbell

      I think Messier would be good to up the face of the Buffalo Sabres… but I think Botterill is the top guy

  • Craig C.

    Hoping it’s Botterill, a young, very sharp guy. Hope it’s not Smith (Patty loves the guy).

    • Caitlin Campbell

      Botterill is definitely in my top 3

  • davidmuscalo

    I like Boterill, the Penguins organization has had great success and that partly do to him.

    • Caitlin Campbell

      I agree he’s been great at managing the cap and comes from a solid background

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  • Dan

    Caitlin you have to do better than Brian Burke. He got run out of Toronto for many good logical reasons. The trade to the Bruins for Kessle that cost him the player, Tyler Seguin, who scored four goals last night (12 on the season), Dougie Hamilton, plus an additional 2nd round pick was one of worst trades in the last decade. Seguin is a 21 year old super star and Hamilton will be a #1 Defenseman for years to come. Kessel is a soft one dimensional player. Burke is a bully that could not get along with the ownership of the Leafs and was always at odds with the media….and ultimately run out of Toronto.

    Caitlin, the hockey universe does not revolve around Toronto. They have not won a Cup in almost half a century and after the mess he left the Leafs in, Nonis has his work cut out for years to come. Well you digging up former Leaf’s GM’s perhaps the Leafs could interview Cliff Fletcher and Gord Stellick.

    • Caitlin Campbell

      with all due respect unless you live here in Toronto and can see the passion for hockey then you probably don’t know. Toronto is a hockey crazed market and one of the biggest hockey cities, period.
      The Tyler Seguin for Phil Kessel saga is over- the Leafs won as the Bruins traded Segui and Kessel is doing quite well in Toronto oh and Dougie Hamilton isn’t playing to well.
      I wasn’t talking about Burke jsut in Toronto. Check out his time in Anaheim where he won a Cup and his time in Vancouver. The guy knows how to build successful teams and that’s what the Sabres need.

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    Where is the “anyone is better than Darcy” option!!

    • Caitlin Campbell


  • mightytacoman

    Colin Campbell