Jan 4, 2014; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller (30) makes a save during the third period against the New Jersey Devils at First Niagara Center. Buffalo beats New Jersey 2 to 1. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo Sabres Close to Naming Tim Murray GM

The Buffalo Sabres fired long time General Manager Darcy Reiger back in November.  Owner Terry Pegula then hired fan favorite Pat Lafontaine as the President of Hockey Operations and entrusted him with the task of getting the organization out of the funk it has been in for the past two years. Tim Murray seems to be the man who Lafontaine is turning to.

Tonight reports are coming out that he may have found his man.

According to Bob Mackenzie of TSN:



The first choice seemed all along to be Boston Bruins assistant GM Jim Benning.  Benning was part of the Sabres organization for twelve seasons before taking the role he is currently in with the Bruins.  It seemed that Pegula would again be going back to those that have roots with the team to help right the ship.  Benning was part of the team that was responsible for drafting the core that led the Sabres to the 2006 and 2007 Eastern Conference Finals.

If Murray is in fact the man who Lafontaine has decided to go with,  he will have a tough task ahead of him.  The good thing for Murray, the Sabres are loaded with picks for the upcoming draft this year and next year.  He will also have money to spend.  With the salary cap set to go up to $70 million dollars for the 2014-2015 season, Murray will have almost $40 million dollars to spend on players.

Sabre fans were told that they should expect suffering.  Maybe with the bringing in of Lafontaine and now possibly the addition of Murray, suffering may not have to last that long.

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