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Reports: Bruins grant Sabres permission to interview Jim Benning for GM job 11.19.13 at 6:57 pm ET
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According to multiple reports, the Sabres have asked for and received permission to interview Bruins assistant general manager Jim Benning for their GM job.

The Sabres fired general manager Darcy Regier and head coach Ron Rolston last week, and though Ted Nolan is the team’s interim head coach, the incoming GM will be able to hire his own coach. Benning is a logical fit for the Sabres given that he spent 12 seasons in the Buffalo organization before coming to Boston and having a successful run working with Peter Chiarelli in Boston.

According to TSN, other candidates for the job include Penguins assistant general manager Jason Botterill, Maple Leafs assistant general manager Claude Loiselle and Canadiens assistant GM Rick Dudley.

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Benning signs multi-year extension with B’s 09.30.09 at 5:53 pm ET
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B’s GM Peter Chiarelli announced Wednesday afternoon that Bruins assistant general manager Jim Benning has agreed to a multi-year extension with the club. Benning is entering his fourth year with the B’s — and third season as assistant GM — after departing the Buffalo Sabres organization following a 12-year run in their front office. Don Sweeney was also named an assistant general manager of the Bruins last week, and both Sweeney and Benning will share the far-ranging hockey duties encompassed by the role.

“Jim plays a critical role in our management group,” said Chiarelli. “He takes a very aggressive and proactive approach in his recommendations and assessments underscoring his tremendous management ability and experience.  His player evaluation is amongst the tops in the industry and his business acumen supplements our group greatly.  We were very fortunate as an organization to hire him in 2006 and we are even more fortunate to secure him for the long term.”

Benning and Chiarelli will hold a Thursday morning press conference at the TD Garden to further discuss the deal and the assistant GM’s role within the organization.

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