Pat LaFontaine has found his targets now all that’s left is for him to lock, load and hire the next general manager of the Buffalo Sabres. The Sabres have been without a GM since Darcy Regier was let go back November and Pat LaFontaine took over as the hockey operations director who was out to find a new GM.
It appears LaFontaine’s journey of finding a new GM is reaching it’s end as Jim Benning and Tim Murray appear to have emerged as the two leading candidates for the job.
For the last few weeks Benning was thought to be the leading candidate but news out of Boston is he will not be available until the end of
the season and LaFontaine would prefer not to wait, hence news of Murray becoming the top candidate yesterday.
Both candidates currently operate as assistant general managers for their respective teams and have some involvement managing their respective AHL teams and drafting players. Both candidates have done a solid job for their teams but there is only one candidate with championship success and that is Jim Benning.
Benning won the Stanley Cup with the Boston Bruins in 2011 and since joining the Bruins the team has missed the playoffs just once in seven season’s. Benning knows how to breed success, when he left the Buffalo Sabres in 2004 he also set them up with a solid core for a successful future.
Murray on the other hand has not come close to NHL success, he instead has found success in the AHL with the Binghamton Senators. He rebuilt the baby Senators into Calder Cup Champions in 2010-2011 and has found some good players while scouting with the Senators.
Tim Murray has emerged as the front runner but nothing is set in stone. Which candidate would you like to see as the next Buffalo Sabres GM? Vote today for the candidate you’d must like to see behind the bench and say why in the comments.