The Sabres are considering Bruins assistant general manager Jim Benning to replace ousted GM Darcy Regier, according to a league source.
Pat LaFontaine, Buffalo’s new president of hockey operations, has yet to ask the Bruins for permission to interview Benning, but he is expected to inquire.
Benning worked in Buffalo’s front office for 12 seasons. He was Buffalo’s director of amateur scouting before the Bruins hired him in 2006.
Benning is GM Peter Chiarelli’s right-hand man. His strength is as a player evaluator at all levels – NHL, AHL, European professional leagues, and amateur hockey.
Buffalo’s new GM would be free to hire a coach, too. Ted Nolan is serving as interim coach after Ron Rolston was fired along with Regier. The Sabres will play Toronto Friday in Nolan’s first game behind the bench.
The Bruins have two assistant GMs; Don Sweeney is the other, focusing primarily on player development.