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Sabres ask Kings to interview Futa, but not Lombardi

The Sabres have asked for permission to interview a longtime Kings executive, but it’s not the one at the top of some lists.

Buffalo has been granted permission to talk with Los Angeles Assistant General Manager Michael Futa. A Kings spokesman told The Buffalo News the Sabres have not asked to interview Dean Lombardi, the two-time Stanley Cup-winning GM who was fired by L.A. this month.

Futa was a candidate the last time Buffalo hired a general manager, but the job went to Tim Murray in January 2014. The Sabres fired Murray and coach Dan Bylsma last week, opening the position again.

The Fourth Period first reported the Futa interview.

Futa, 49, has been with the Kings for 10 seasons. He spent the past three as the vice president of hockey operations and director of player personnel. The Kings promoted him to assistant GM after the Lombardi firing.

Los Angeles hired Futa as its director of amateur scouring in 2007. Prior to the job, he was the general manager for Owen Sound of the Ontario Hockey League. His five-season run included OHL Executive of the Year honors in 2005.

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Lombardi joined the Kings as GM in 2006. They won the Cup in 2012 and 2014 but have missed the playoffs two of the last three seasons.

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