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by Paul on 01/09/14 at 01:59 PM ET
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.
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