The Buffalo Sabres are looking to turn around the losing franchise by bringing in a known winner.
Tim Murray has been made the general manager for the struggling hockey franchise.
“I wanted to find the right fit for our team, and he’s got an eye for talent,” Sabres president Pat LaFontaine said Thursday, when he formally introduced Murray as the Sabres’ general manager. “He’s earned it. He’s done every job to get to this point. He’s had success everywhere he’s been. And he’s going to have success here in Buffalo.”
Murray spent the past seven seasons working under his uncle, Bryan Murray, in Ottawa as the Senators’ assistant general manager. He was 20 years of experience in a variety of roles in the NHL.
LaFontaine had been searching for a new GM after firing Darcy Regier and coach Ron Rolston back in mid-November, after the team got off to a franchise-worst start of 4-15-1, leaving them at the bottom of the NHL standings.
Now, the search is finally over, after LaFontaine interviewed with 10 candidates.
Interim coach Ted Nolan has seen some improvement with his team–albeit very little improvement–as the team has gone 8-11-3.
Murray intends to build through the draft, and says he wouldn’t rule out any player for trading.
“This team’s in last place right now,” Murray said. “Everybody can be traded.”
“I would consider myself somewhat aggressive,” Murray said of his philosophy. “I don’t think it takes you two days to make a decision or two weeks to make a decision.”
His unforgiving attitude is exactly what the Sabres need. He’s decisive and direct, which is exactly what owner Terry Pegula wanted from his new GM. It sounds like Murray will have the franchise in top shape in no time, and Buffalo fans might begin seeing major improvements with their team.
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