And the next Buffalo Sabres GM is: Ottawa Senators assistant general manager Tim Murray. Since November 13, 2013, newly appointed president of hockey operations – Pat Lafontaine, has been searching for a guy like Murray to take over as Sabres GM.
Throughout the process, several names circulated as possible candidates to replace 17-year tenured former general manager, Darcy Regier, who was doing a great job attaining assets for veterans in his final days with the club.
This is a new era in Sabres Hockey, one without the old guard that couldn’t bring home a Stanley Cup title, despite being given more opportunity than most are afforded in the NHL.
If you don’t know much about Tim Murray, you’re not the only one. Assistant GM’s aren’t exactly trending on Twitter these days. However, his profile at the Ottawa Senators official website features a brief history of Murray’s work as an NHL scout and executive.
Murray has worked for some impressive NHL organizations in the past, including amateur scouting duties with the Detroit Red Wings, New York Rangers and Anaheim Ducks. Oh, and he also worked for the Florida Panthers.
The Buffalo Sabres GM has spent the last seven years as a member of the Ottawa Senators organization – a franchise that shares many things in common with the small market Sabres. His understanding of small market limitations makes him extremely qualified to make decisions for the Sabres, who have always been crafty at constructing competitive hockey teams under the restraints of a strict budget.
The recent success of the Ottawa Senators – especially drafting, something Murray would’ve had a hand in – could’ve played a significant role in isolating him as the right man for the Buffalo Sabres GM job. The Sabres have eight-million draft picks in the 2014 NHL entry draft (well, not quite, but they possess the Isles 1st round pick and the Wild’s 2nd rounder in 2014).
Former Senators head coach Cory Clouston recently told Buffalo News the following about Tim Murray:
“There’s no one I’ve ever met that knows players as well as Tim and can analyze their strengths and weaknesses. He’s very good at projecting players.”