After a long drawn out search the Buffalo Sabres have officially named Tim Murray General Manager. Murray formerly of a member of the Ottawa Senators front office was brought on board to help the Sabres rebuild their team. Murray credited his former scouting department for his success.
While adding Murray as GM does fill an office chair; it leaves a few questions unanswered. What will happen to Ted Nolan? Does Ryan Miller and the rest of the UFA’s to be have a future in Blue and Gold? That decision will be up to the hockey operations department. Murray did make a point of saying “We are in last place anyone can be traded.”Murray also said that the market will help dictate who can or will be traded.
One thing was made clear during the 30 minute press conference; the Sabres are going to build through the draft, and use free agency as a way to get over the hump. It seems to me that Murray views his draft picks as assets that need to be used to rebuild this team. I’d look for the Sabres front office to be more aggressive, and try to turn this organization around fast.
It took the Sabres 14 meeting to finally get their GM; now that they have him things should start to get more interesting at First Niagara Center. Clean slate or not changes are coming to the Buffalo Sabres, and only time will tell if this day will be remembered as the day Sabres hockey got back to work, and started to turn things around.