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April 21, 2017 | 10:20am ET
Sabres owner denies meeting Lombardi, other candidates

Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula vehemently denied meeting with any General Manager candidates during a press conference with local media on Friday morning.

Reports began to surface earlier today that the Sabres had met with former Los Angeles Kings GM Dean Lombardi on Thursday.

Pegula, however, quickly shot down those rumors.

"We haven't talked to anybody," Pegula said. "Put that in the 'Jack demanded his coach be fired' category. It's a pure fabrication. I'd like to know where some of this stuff... where's this stuff come from?"

Pegula and his staff are expected to officially begin interviewing GM candidates in the very near future.

Pegula indicated "experience is going to be key in our search" for a new GM.

"Our organization needs more discipline, structure and communication," Pegula said. "This is how you win. We need to get better at that in the future."

Lombardi is expected to be discussed, while other potential GM candidates include Kings Assistant GM Mike Futa, Calgary Flames Assistant GM Craig Conroy, Nashville Predators Assistant GM Paul Fenton, Pittsburgh Penguins AGM Jason Botterill and Chicago Blackhawks AGM Norm MacIver.


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