Sabres have looked at six for GM job
BUFFALO, N.Y. — The Buffalo Sabres have interviewed at least six general manager candidates in the first phase of a search process that is not yet completed, according the The Associated Press.
The Sabres fired general manager Tim Murray and coach Dan Bylsma last month.
One person close to the team said the Sabres have interviewed two Pittsburgh Penguins executives, associate general manager Jason Botterill and assistant GM Bill Guerin. They have also interviewed four other assistant general managers: Columbus Blue Jackets’ Bill Zito, Nashville Predators’ Paul Fenton, New Jersey Devils’ Tom Fitzgerald and Los Angeles Kings’ Michael Futa. Toronto Maple Leafs assistant GM Kyle Dubas has not been interviewed, despite his name surfacing in media reports as a potential candidate, that person said.
Sabres owner Terry Pegula hit the Sabres’ reset button on April 20, after Buffalo finished last in Atlantic Division and extended its franchise-worst playoff drought to six seasons.
With a 33-37-12 record, Buffalo finished with two fewer wins and three fewer points than the previous season. That was not the expectation for a youth-laden franchise that was supposed to be on an upward trajectory with young forwards Jack Eichel and Ryan O’Reilly, and a high-priced offseason free agent addition, forward Kyle Okposo.
Pegula said he was seeking to hire someone with previous experience.
None of the six candidates interviewed so far have been GMs at the NHL level.