Buffalo, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - The Buffalo Sabres named Tim Murray general
manager on Thursday.
Murray takes over for Darcy Regier, who was fired in November along with head
coach Ron Rolston after a 4-15-1 start. Owner Terry Pegula brought in Pat
LaFontaine at the time to serve as president of hockey operations.
"I wanted to find the right fit for this organization," said LaFontaine at a
Thursday news conference.
Murray is the first full-time hire for LaFontaine, who named Ted Nolan interim
head coach in November. Since then, the Sabres are 8-11-3 and 12-26-4 overall
entering Thursday's action.
"I'm excited to be in Buffalo, where you strap on your boots, strap on your
skates and work hard," said Murray. "It's about detail. I see a lot of good
people in the organization. I think great things can happen here."
Murray had been the assistant general manager with the Ottawa Senators since
July 2007. Prior to that, he was the assistant director of player personnel
for the New York Rangers for two years when he was responsible for scouting
the amateur ranks and evaluating potential free agents.
His NHL experience began in 1993-94 when he served as an amateur scout with
the Detroit Red Wings. He joined the Florida Panthers in 1994, where his
scouting career evolved until his departure as the club's director of amateur
scouting in 2002. He then served as director of player personnel, responsible
for overseeing the amateur draft and college free agents, with the Anaheim
Ducks from 2002-03 to 2004-05.
Murray's uncle is Senators GM Bryan Murray.
In addition, the Sabres named NHL veteran Craig Patrick as special assistant
to the hockey department. Patrick was formerly a general manager with the
Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Rangers.
"I've had many rebuilds in my career, I was a GM for 23 years, rebuilt a lot
of teams, this is going to be fun," noted Patrick.
Patrick built a pair of Stanley Cup winners with the Penguins and was also GM
of the 2002 U.S. Olympic hockey team that won a silver medal at the Salt Lake
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