Sabres have looked at six for GM job

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS -

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.

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