With Pat LaFontaine getting ready to name the next Buffalo Sabres general manager in early 2014, the long search finally seems to be wrapping up as two candidates have emerged as favourites.
The two favourites are reportedly Jim Benning who is the assistant GM with the Boston Bruins and Tim Murray who is the assistant GM with the Ottawa Senators.
Jim Benning has long been thought of as the favourite to become the next GM of the Buffalo Sabres, but LaFontaine is quite intrigued by Tim Murray.
#Sens Ass’t GM Tim Murray’s name won’t disappear regarding who the next GM in Buffalo. LaFontaine expected to name his GM early in New Year
Tim Murray is ready to move out of the shadow and into the spotlight as a General Manager but, the job in Ottawa isn’t opening up
anytime in the near future, so as a result, he has emerged as the number one candidate for the Sabres GM job.
Neither candidate has any experience being a GM in the NHL as they both operate in the shadow’s of their bosses, but both have experience managing AHL teams in addition to their scouting roles with their respective NHL clubs.
Benning has the experience with the Buffalo Sabres as he operated as the director of amateur scouting and was responsible for setting up the last Buffalo Sabres core of Derek Roy, Ryan Miller, Jason Pominville and Thomas Vanek. While Murray doesn’t have ties to the Sabres he has done a solid job drafting as of late for the Ottawa Senators who surprised everyone last year with their strong play.
Both candidates are ready to become GM’s and would work for the Buffalo Sabres as they look to rebuild and utilize their plethora of draft picks, but only one can be named. As little as two days ago it was said Jim Benning was the favourite with his ties to the Sabres, but today that momentum has swung to Tim Murray’s side.
While I don’t have the exact quote from Doug MaCLean this was just announced on Hockey Central today.
Doug MacLean just said that Ott assistant Tim Murray is the guy who will be Buffalo’s next GM.
— Hope_Smoke (@Hope_Smoke) January 6, 2014
The decision is expected to come within the next couple of weeks and I’m sure the momentum will flip many times before the official announcement is made, but the two frontrunners seem to be Tim Murray and Jim Benning. Which candidate would you prefer as the next Buffalo Sabres GM?