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January 4, 2014 | 10:16pm ET
Sabres close to hiring Benning as GM?

The Buffalo Sabres are inching closer to naming their next General Manager, as Boston Bruins Assistant GM Jim Benning appears to have the inside track.

Benning, who spent 12 years with the Sabres organization, is in his eighth season with the Bruins and his seventh as the club's Assistant GM.

Benning and Nashville Predators Assistant GM Paul Fenton are believed to be the main targets for the Sabres GM post, but Elliotte Friedman of CBC reported Saturday night on The Hotstove that Benning could be Buffalo's guy.

"It appears as if (Benning) is the front-runner right now for the Buffalo job, and I think there would be a few guys surprised if he was not the guy," Friedman said.

During his tenure in Buffalo, Benning spent eight seasons as that team's Director of Amateur Scouting.

It's unclear when the Sabres will make their decision on a new GM, but it's believed an announcement could be made in the very near future.

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