Two weeks ago Sabres Owner Terry Pegula told reports and fans he wanted the search for his next general manager to get done quickly.
It appears the end is near.
Ken Campbell of The Hockey News reported late Friday night Los Angeles Kings Assistant General Manager Mike Futa was informed he was no longer in consideration for the position with the Blue & Gold.
Earlier on Friday, Kings Insider Jon Rosen penned an articlein which Futa believed he was no longer a candidate.
Kings assistant GM Mike Futa has been told by Sabres he's no longer in the running for the GM job. All signs pointing to Jason Botterill.
— Ken Campbell (@THNKenCampbell) May 6, 2017
The 49-year-old was also a candidate back in 2013, before Tim Murray hired by the club in 2014.
To date, only Penguins Associate General Manager Jason Botterill has had a second interview for the opening, 7 Eyewitness Sports Reporter Nick Filipowski learned on Wednesday.
Botterill was originally one of six candidates in consideration when the process started back on April 21. The Pens' Bill Guerin, Nashville's Paul Fenton, New Jersey's Tom Fitzgerald and Columbus' Bill Zito are also in the mix.
Unlike their search with the Bills, where they've announced two GM candidates in the span of two days, the Pegulas have been extremely tight-lipped about finding candidates that will bring stability and credibility back to the franchise.
When Terry spoke of his vision for a candidate two weeks ago, he routinely referenced "character, communication, structure and discipline" as the core values he's looking somebody to instill within the franchise.