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The GM search: Fenton confirms interest, says 'I would love to get an opportunity to talk to them'

Paul Fenton at the NHL Draft in June. (Getty Images)

By Mike Harrington

I've heard multiple whispers today that Pat LaFontaine has been in Boston, presumably to interview Bruins assistant general manager Jim Benning for the Sabres' vacant GM post.

Benning is the only known candidate the Sabres have asked permission to speak to thus far, although they're expected to be interested in PIttsburgh assistant Jason Botterill and Nashville aide Paul Fenton as well.

(Friday night update:  LaFontaine spoke to reporters at the Rochester Amerks game tonight and confirmed he has done one interview this week -- and that his short list of candidates has grown)

Fenton, a former NHL player with seven teams, spoke out Thursday night in Toronto about the job and revealed that Nashville GM David Poile has called the Sabres to talk up his assistant's candidacy.

"I believe that I’m ready,” said Fenton, 53. “I’m hoping somebody else does. (David) was talking to them about me being interested in the job. There’s no question, I would love to get an opportunity to talk to them.”

Fenton is an original Predators employee dating to the team's birth in 1998. After serving as the director of player personnel for the Predators’ first eight seasons, he was promoted to assistant general manager on June 5, 2006. He's best known in Nashville for spearheading the picks in the 2003 draft that produced standout defensemen Shea Weber and Ryan Suter. 


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