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Preds assistant GM wants Sabres’ top job

Nov 22, 2013, 8:58 AM EDT

NEWARK, NJ - JUNE 30: Assistant General Manager Paul Fenton of the Nashville Predators looks on during the 2013 NHL Draft at the Prudential Center on June 30, 2013 in Newark, New Jersey. Getty Images

When listing off people ready for a chance to serve as an NHL general manager, Paul Fenton’s name is likely to come up. He’s been with the Nashville Predators since the beginning and is participating in his eighth season as an assistant general manager.

He’s looking to move up though and with Predators GM David Poile not going anywhere, the general manager opening in Buffalo is very tempting.

“I believe that I’m ready,” Fenton told the Tennessean. “I’m hoping somebody else does.”

Poile is supportive of Fenton’s ambitions to the point where he’s reached out to new Sabres president of hockey operations Pat LaFontaine. So far though, Fenton hasn’t been approached by Buffalo.

Among Fenton’s more noteworthy accomplishments has been his success as a leader in the Predators’ drafts from 2003-08. In 2003 alone, Nashville selected defensemen Ryan Suter, Kevin Klein, and Shea Weber. The Predators also got some late round gems during that stretch, including goaltender Pekka Rinne (eighth round, 2004) and Patric Hornqvist (seventh round, 2005).

Fenton ascended to his current role after Poile’s previous right-hand man, Ray Shero, took over as the Pittsburgh Penguins’ general manager.


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  1. storminator16 - Nov 22, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    The Buffalo job is a really desirable job right now. Whoever gets the gig will be happy and so will their fans. Fenton has to be the #1 guy considered for any job right now.

    • nflfan4now - Nov 22, 2013 at 10:08 AM

      I would think Botterill and Benning have the same credentials, with Dudley having a little better experience. All of them have had great experience drafting players, so I don’t think you can say who is #1.
      IF LaFountaine wants to be a GM, I would think the best choice for him to learn under would be the 64 year old Dudley, who would be a good mentor for him, whereas the others are all younger and would plan to be in the job a long time.

      • storminator16 - Nov 22, 2013 at 10:44 AM

        None of those guys have the track record Fenton has had in the past few years. Benning has lost his luster and Dudley has a habit of mismanaging veteran assets. Botteril does move the needle for me, I think folks are talking him up without really anything to back it up.

  2. steiner444 - Nov 22, 2013 at 2:49 PM

    Fenton also helped trade a first round pick for Paul Gaustad. As a Sabres fan, no thanks.

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