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 relieved 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.