Tonawanda News — LaFontaine was initially offered the GM's post by Sabres owner Terry Pegula, but instead turned it down because he felt he didn't have enough experience.
LaFontaine's first move was bringing back former Sabres coach Ted Nolan to serve as interim coach with the chance to retain the job once a new general manager is in place.
Under Nolan, the Sabres (12-26-4) have gone 8-11-3 and have won five straight at home entering their home game against Carolina on Tuesday night.
Though still last in the standings, the Sabres' general manager's job is considered attractive because the team has stockpiled high draft picks as part of a youth movement that began under Regier last season.
The Sabres could have as many as two first-round and three second-round selections in this year's draft. The Sabres also have a solid group of prospects in their farm system. They include defensemen Rasmus Ristolainen and Nikita Zadorov, who were both drafted in the first round in June.
The next Sabres general manager's most immediate priority will be determining whether to re-sign Miller, who is in the final year of his contract.