The Search For The Next Sabres GM: Jim Benning


This will be the second candidate we will preview for the vacant GM position with the Buffalo Sabres and today’s candidate is Jim Benning. Benning is currently the assistant GM with the Boston Bruins and was a former first round pick for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The Buffalo Sabres have been granted permission to interview Jim Benning and if Pat LaFontaine wants to bring a guy in with championship experience there are few better guys than Jim Benning who has helped build the Boston Bruins into a modern day dynasty and boasts a Stanley Cup Championship.

Benning spent 12 years with the Sabres where he was in charge of finding fresh talent to draft and was responsible for bringing Ryan Miller, Derek Roy, Jason Pominville, Paul Gaustad, Daniel Paille and Dennis Wideman to the Buffalo Sabres. The very successful 2005-2006 Buffalo Sabres squad was in large part put together by Mr. Benning. Think this guys has an eye for talent?

Benning has been with the Bruins for 8 seasons and has seen the team flourish as the Bruins have made it to the Conference semi-finals 4 of the last 5 seasons and the Stanley Cup Finals in 2 of the last 3. He has worked his way up the ranks to the point where when a trade is in the works Benning must sign off before said trade or signing is completed, that’s how much the Bruins respect his eye for talent.

Benning has an eye for talent and knows how to build a championship calibre team and his eye for talent is exactly what the Sabres need with their many draft picks in the next few drafts. Having Benning as the GM would have someone watching over all the rookies in the AHL, CHL and overseas and knowing the correct time to call each of them up to the NHL. He would be fantastic for the development of the Buffalo Sabres prospects and he may even help fix the Mikhail Grigorenko woes.

Jim Benning is another assistant GM who is ready to step out from the shadows and start his first gig as GM for a team and with his eye for talent finding a job shouldn’t be too difficult. Benning would be a great choice to become the next Sabres GM. He has an eye for taken both for the draft and in development and has championship success on his resume. Could Jim Benning be what the Buffalo Sabres need to take this young, rebuilding team to the next level?

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  • Jes

    He’d be a good choice I didn’t even think of him. Has he been targeted by the Sabres?
    I’m just wondering how do you know 2005/2006 Buffalo Squad was in large part put together by Benning? He probably had a little to do with it here and there but in the most part it was Regier who made that team.

    • Caitlin Campbell

      Yes the Sabres have been granted an interview with him and TBH I never thought of him either.

      It was put together by him because as the pro scout he drafted and got a lot the talent together

      • Jes

        I dunno he was just a scout here. He could’ve just said the exact same things about 20 other players. Darcy made that team IMO, you got to give the credit when credit is due.

        • Caitlin Campbell

          lol you give the credit to dracy and I’ll give it to Benning :p
          Really makes no difference- Benning definitely had say about the team

  • Dano

    *IF* he is everything you have stated CC, I think he would be a very solid choice.

    The only drawback is he might have some mass-hole learnings from his time in Boston. He might have the Jack Edwards/Milbury disease. ;)

    • Caitlin Campbell

      Oh goodness if he’s anything like Milbury no way!

  • davidmuscalo

    The only reservation I have is the trade in the off season that sent their highly talented, number one pick in the 2011 draft (whose name escapes me at the moment) to Dallas. Assuming, of course, the trade had to be approved by him.

    • Caitlin Campbell

      His name would be Tyler Seguin I believe. The kid was talented but had a major attitude problem and didn’t fit the Bruins system I think it was a solid move IMO.

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