Why is the Buffalo Sabres GM Search Taking So Long?

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Pat LaFontaine and Ted Nolan rolled into town on November 13th as they replaced Darcy Regier and Ron Rolston respectively. LaFontaine was originally offered the GM job but turned it down due to little management experience and said that he would instead find an experienced guy to take the reigns within 2 weeks. Here we sit December 11th, almost a month later, and the Buffalo Sabres still continue down the road of rebuilding without a GM and things are starting to get serious. What the heck is taking Pat LaFontaine so long to name a new GM?

There are lots of capable guys that have been mentioned in the GM search. From Jason Botterill to Jim Benning there are many

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young and promising candidates ready to take that next step and GM an NHL franchise. Honestly, for a GM looking to break into the league and gain experience with one of 30 teams there really isn’t a better job than becoming the next Sabres GM. This team has become the joke of the NHL, is heading down the rebuilding path and is in desperate need of leadership. If a GM was able turn around the Buffalo Sabres it would look pretty good on their resume.

So why in a world of competitive men hoping to make themselves known in the executive world of the league, can the Sabres not name a new GM? There are several leadership guys who welcome the challenge of shaping a winning hockey team, especially with an owner willing do to whatever it takes.

It is a mystery as to why the Buffalo Sabres are still wondering down the path looking for a new GM, but I’ve come up with 3 answers to this elusive question.

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