Buffalo fans want Regier gone

Hockey people know the fans want Regier gone. Whether the team will ax him is another matter. Prominent folks are eager to see what happens.

Nashville Assistant General Manager Paul Fenton is one of those keeping tabs, a source says. He’s in his 16th season with the Predators, including his eighth as GM David Poile’s right-hand man. Fenton appears ready to take over somewhere.

In addition to overseeing the Predators’ scouting staff, the 53-year-old serves as general manager for the minor-league affiliate in Milwaukee. The Admirals have made the postseason 11 straight times, an American Hockey League record.

Fenton has likely learned a lot from Poile. The Preds’ previous assistant GM was Ray Shero, now one of the NHL’s best leaders in Pittsburgh.