Source: Bruins' Benning to interview in Buffalo

Source: Bruins' Benning to interview in Buffalo
November 19, 2013, 6:30 pm
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The Buffalo Sabres had been rumored to be interested in the services of Bruins assistant general manager Jim Benning in their current GM search after firing longtime general manager Darcy Regier.

Now it’s official.

Per a Bruins source, newly minted Sabres President Pat Lafontaine officially voiced that interest with the Bruins organization on Tuesday, and was granted permission by the Boston Bruins for what would be a clear promotion for the Boston front office executive.

Benning was hired away from the Sabres organization by B’s general manager Peter Chiarelli in 2006 after a long run in Buffalo as the director of amateur scouting for that team, and that’s where he really made his mark as a keen evaluator of hockey talent. He fortified that reputation in Boston where he was one of the last scouting eyes to sign off on players before the Bruins would sign or trade for a player.

Both Benning and fellow Bruins assistant general manager Don Sweeney have been viewed as future GMs in waiting as key members of a Boston front office that’s enjoyed a great deal of success over the last six years.

Pittsburgh assistant general manager Jason Botterill, Toronto assistant GM Claude Loisselle and Canadiens front office member Rick Dudley are also both expected to be brought in for interviews for the Buffalo GM job, and Pittsburgh special assistant to the GM Tom Fitzgerald has also been linked to the job following the dismissal of Regier.