Whenever a NHL General Manager position becomes available, Paul Fenton seems to always be the short list of candidates. Of course, considering his track record of drafting and development work under the watchful eye of Predators G.M. David Poile, there is good reason for it to be.
Considering the fan support, young player potential, and having an owner with deep pockets, Buffalo seems like a great fit for an up-and-coming future G.M. looking to build a reputation and winner. Fenton is now in his eighth season as Poile’s right hand man, and believes he is ready. The 53-year-old has reached out to new Sabres president of hockey operations Pat LaFontaine.
Poile’s previous assistant G.M., Ray Shero, is now considered one of the NHL’s best in Pittsburgh, and was rewarded for his efforts when he was named NHL General Manager of the Year for the 2012-2013 season.
Some of the other possibilities include Boston Bruins assistant G.M. Jim Benning and Jason Botterill, who holds the same position with the Penguins. With all of his ties to Buffalo, Canadiens assistant G.M. Rick Dudley would also be pretty logical.
Read more about this story in Pro Hockey Talk here.
Or read Josh Cooper’s take in the Tennessean here.
So Roundtable … What do you think of Paul Fenton’s track record with Nashville/Milwaukee? Is he ready to be an NHL General Manager? Would you be sad to see him go?