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LaFontaine's GM short list



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  1. 1. Who should be the next Sabres GM?

    • Rick Dudley
    • Mike Peca
    • Neil Smith
    • Paul Fenton
    • Jason Botterill
    • Other?

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So, who might be on the list?



Rick Dudley
Hiring Dudley would fit the theme of bringing ex-Sabres back into the fold. Dudley coached in Buffalo from 1989-92 and has extensive GM experience, having served in that role for Ottawa, Tampa Bay, Florida and Atlanta.
He’s currently working as Marc Bergevin’s assistant in Montreal.
Mike Peca
Another guy with serious ties to the Buffalo organization, the former captain is currently the head coach and GM of the Buffalo Jr. Sabres, an Ontario Junior A team owned by the Sabres.
Peca, along with Dudley, was pegged as a potential candidate for the vacant GM gig by ex-Sabre goalie and current TSN analyst Martin Biron.
Neil Smith
The architect of the Rangers’ 1994 Stanley Cup winning-team, Smith has a relationship with LaFontaine from their (troubling) time together on Long Island. Smith was given the Isles GM gig in June 2006, only to be fired months later by owner Charles Wang.
LaFontaine, who had been hired as a senior adviser, quit his position in reaction to the Smith firing.
Mark Seidel, former assistant GM with OHL Erie and scout with the Minnesota Wild, said he “keeps hearing” Smith’s name come up regarding the Sabres’ gig.
Paul Fenton
David Poile’s right-hand man in Nashville has long been considered as the next quality GM in waiting. The Poile managerial tree has already produced current Pens GM Ray Shero — winner of the 2013 NHL General Manger of the Year Award — and Fenton is largely credited with leading Nashville’s drafts from 2003-08, during which time they selected Shea Weber, Pekka Rinne, Kevin Klein and Patric Hornqvist.
Jason Botterill
Botterill currently serves as Shero’s assistant in Pittsburgh and — surprise! — has ties to the Sabres organization, having played there from 2002-04. He’s known as the Pens’ cap specialist and has been instrumental in designing deals to keep a number of Pittsburgh’s high-priced players in place.
– Tom Fitzgerald, assistant to the general manager (Shero) in Pittsburgh.
– Julien BriseBois, Steve Yzerman’s assistant in Tampa Bay.
– Joe Will, Doug Wilson’s assistant in San Jose.
– Matthew Barnaby. I’m kidding, I’m kidding.




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