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Preds assistant GM wants Sabres’ top job

2013 NHL Draft

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.

Bruce Bennett

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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