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Miller with a great, stretching blade save on Mikhail Grabovski.
The Sabres won in a shootout 2-1 and Miller was great again.
from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,
The Mikhail Grigorenko saga may be taking a fresh, bizarre twist as the 19-year-old is refusing to report to the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior League. Agent Jay Grossman confirmed to The Buffalo News via email that Grigorenko will not report but did not comment on my inquiries about what's next, including a possible look at the KHL.
The reports first came from Kathleen Lavoie of La Presse, who covers the Remparts for La Presse.
Grigorenko, remember, is not eligible to go to Rochester -- which is probably the best spot for him at this point. Players with eligibility left in a Canadian junior circuit cannot be sent to the AHL, which can put 19-year-olds like Grigorenko in limbo. There's no such agreement with the United States Hockey League, which is why an 18-year-old Zemgus Girgensons could play all last season with the Amerks.
“The most important thing is to listen to what Ryan Miller wants to do. Obviously you’d love to keep a great goalie like that. He knows Buffalo. Everybody loves him here but at the same instance I’ve got to know what he wants to do. If it fits into the plan long term and financially it’s a good fit, Ryan Miller will be here. If not, if he doesn’t want to be here, we’ll make the best choice for the future of our organization.”
“To come by a goalie like that who wants to stay here should he choose to want to stay here helps our team grow. It gives us an opportunity to develop. If he wants to be here under the right terms, I think you’d love to keep Ryan Miller.”
-Pat LaFontaine, President of Hockey Operations for the Buffalo Sabres. More on Miller and new GM Tim Murray from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News.
from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,
It doesn’t matter that it took Pat LaFontaine two months to name the new general manager of the Buffalo Sabres just as long as he found the right guy.
In fact, he may have found two.
Saying he’s “on a mission to bring the right people” to Buffalo,” LaFontaine announced today that he’d hired Tim Murray and, in a bit of a surprise move, Craig Patrick as a special assistant and advisor to the hockey ops department.
Murray was a dark horse when this process started, generating little buzz compared to candidates like Brad Treliving, Jim Benning and Mike Futa. He’s hardly a household name, but Murray has paid his dues to get to this point. He first got his foot in the door as a scout with the Detroit Red Wings in 1993. A year later, he went to Florida where he became the director of amateur scouting for the Panthers. In 2002, he joined the Anaheim Ducks as director of player personnel, before moving on to the New York Rangers and, finally, Ottawa, where he served as the Senators’ assistant GM as well as the GM of their AHL farm club in Binghamton, NY.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (January 9, 2014) --- Buffalo Sabres president of hockey operations Pat LaFontaine today announced the team has hired Tim Murray, a 20-year veteran of NHL front offices, to serve as the club’s general manager. The team also announced that Craig Patrick, the longtime general manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins and a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, has been hired to serve as a special assistant and advisor to the hockey department.
The Sabres are expected to announce Tim Murray as their new general manager.
The press conference is expected to start at 11:30am ET, watch it below...
The Buffalo Sabres will hold a press conference at 11:30am ET today.
Numerous media reports state Ottawa's Asst. GM Time Murray will be named GM of the Sabres.
John Vogl of the Buffalo News has more on Murray.
NEW YORK / TORONTO (January 7, 2014) -- Tonight's game between the Buffalo Sabres and Carolina Hurricanes at First Niagara Center, NHL Game No. 647, has been postponed due to the hazardous weather conditions in the Buffalo area.
A make-up date will be announced as soon as it can be confirmed.
Bob McKenzie of TSN was on NHL Live today and talked WJC, Roberto Luongo update and Team Canada and the latest on the GM search for the Buffalo Sabres.
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