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Sabres ask to interview L.A. scouting director Futa for GM gig

Dec 11, 2013, 12:21 PM EDT

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A new candidate has emerged in Buffalo’s search for a new general manager — Mike Futa, the Kings’ director of amateur scouting.

The Sabres have asked L.A. permission to interview Futa for the gig, according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie. Futa, who has served in the Kings’ scouting department since 2007, has overseen drafts that include the 2008 haul (Drew Doughty, Slava Voynov, Andrei Loktionov) and a solid 2009 class (Brayden Schenn, Kyle Clifford, Jordan Nolan, Linden Vey).

New Sabres president Pat LaFontaine has been active in his search for a new GM. Futa joins a lengthy list of candidates that includes Ottawa assistant Tim Murray, Nashville assistant Paul Fenton and Penguins assistant Jason Botterill.

Buffalo also made overtures to former GM Rick Dudley, who opted to stick as Marc Bergevin’s assistant in Montreal and re-upped with the Habs.

  1. pmonte3122 - Dec 11, 2013 at 12:40 PM

    Dudley was the best

  2. elemeno89 - Dec 11, 2013 at 12:40 PM

    Guess that shortlist was actually pretty lengthy…

  3. blomfeld - Dec 11, 2013 at 12:42 PM


    Even though Ted Nolan is good people and the Sabres ‘mean well’ as an organization, in this particular instance they need to ‘get lost’ in no uncertain terms ! As if Dean Lombardi is going to allow a key member of our ‘dynamic & visionary’ executive branch to be poached by some floundering team from back east. No way Jose ! If the Sabres are looking for a new GM, then perhaps they might consider giving one of the following a call …

    – Glen Sather
    – Mike Gillis
    – Dave Nonis
    – Bernie Madoff
    – Martha Stewart

    • missthemexpos - Dec 11, 2013 at 12:50 PM

      Bernie Madoff would be all talk and in the end would never make any trades.

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