As of about noon today the Buffalo Sabres are no longer the only team in the hunt for a new general manager to help rebuild their hockey team as Brian Burke and the Calgary Flames have thrown their hat into the circle.
The Flames relieved Jay Feaster and assistant GM John Weisbrod of their duties earlier today and while Burke will take over as the interim GM he will be looking for someone else to handle the GM duties full time. If there is one thing we know of Brian Burke it’s the fact he doesn’t mess around. He’s looking for a new GM and will likely have his man in the not too distant future, which only adds more pressure to LaFontaine’s search for a GM.
Soooo Sabres, about that GM search of yours….may want to wrap that up soon. Just saying. #Flames
— Stacy Lymber (@StacyLymber) December 12, 2013
The leading front runner for the Flames job right now is Joe Nieuwendyk as Brian Burke will begin interviewing candidates as early as tonight. With Buffalo Sabres GM search there is no leading man, and a search of two-weeks has turned into a search that could last until the end of this season. The Flames also searching for a GM it’s time for LaFontaine to make his move and name a GM before Burke outbids him.
LaFontaine is still interviewing candidates and will need to make his decision soon, he might want to start narrowing down the search. Obviously finding the right guy to lead the next chapter of the Buffalo Sabres is crucial, but if you take your time that right guy will quickly become unavailable. He’s had the luxury of taking his time up to this point but that luxury is slowly running as the clock keeps ticking.
Lot’s of capable guys have been linked to the Sabres GM search. From Jim Benning to Jason Botterill, Mike Futa to Tim Murray, there are no shortage of candidates to choose from and if LaFontaine is looking to name himself as GM then he should hurry up and do it.
Burke obviously has his eye on some candidates and has his reason’s for firing Feaster now instead of after the season, maybe he has his eye on someone that LaFontaine does as well. Can LaFontaine match a bid against Burke? Which team looks better to a GM- The Buffalo Sabres or Calgary Flames?
Either way it’s time Pat LaFontaine started getting serious in his search for a GM before his guy gets swept right out from under him by Burke and before there are 3 or 4 teams in the hunt.