As I’m sure you’ve heard by now, the Buffalo Sabres are no longer the only team in the hunt for a new GM and to make matters worse their competition is looking for the exact same thing- a GM to lead a lengthy rebuild. Yesterday the Calgary Flames cleaned house firing Jay Feaster and his assistant GM.
The timing of such a move was a little odd as many felt Feaster lost control of the Flames a few season’s ago and that he would be
allowed to finish off the year, but when there’s another team in the GM hunt it’s best to get in early. Brian Burke cited the Sabres GM search as one of the reason’s the Flames had to pull the trigger on Feaster now rather than later.
“There is another team conducting a search right now, If there’s any overlap on the candidates we want, today’s important. Time could be of vital essence here.” ~Brian Burke quote from John Vogl
Well if that isn’t a kick to Pat LaFontaine’s rear end I don’t know what is, it’s time for LaFontaine to get serious in his search as he’s got some serious competition and Brian Burke doesn’t fool around.
Which job looks better to a potential GM candidate? The Buffalo Sabres GM spot with an owner willing to spend all the money under the sun or the Calgary Flames GM spot alongside Brian Burke? Honestly, both organizations are entering the rebuilding phase as they look to re-tool their teams in hopes of being competitive in the NHL once again. Both have some solid prospects with great potential and both teams are at a crossroads. But when Burke finds the guy he wants, rest assured he wont rest until that guy is the new GM of the Flames, hopefully it’s not the same guy LaFontaine wants.
The earliest rumor has the Flames front-runner as Joe Nieuwendyk after they immediately asked for permission to speak with him, while the Sabres have no front-runner in their search. While Nieuwendyk hasn’t been directly linked to the Sabres, they must have had some sort of interest in him to make the Flames get in the running.
Our poll question for today focuses around the race for a new GM and if you’re on twitter you would have heard all the jokes yesterday.
if Sabres and Flames are after the same GM candidate, does that mean BARN FIGHT?!?
— Ian McLaren (@iancmclaren) December 12, 2013
Who do you think will be the first to land their fish to fill their vacant GM spot? Will the Flames beat out the Sabres? Will we have a fight to death over a new GM? Vote in the poll below on who you think will be first to hire a GM.