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from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,
Buffalo Sabres general manager Tim Murray is no different than most GMs in that he looks around the NHL and sees examples of what he wants his team to become, most notably the Chicago Blackhawks and Los Angeles Kings....
How do you approach the buildup to the NHL Trade Deadline, because I'd imagine it become an exciting time for you? I'm sure you're a wanted guy and lots of people are calling to see who they can pick off of your team for their playoff run.
"Right. Right. It's kind of like last year, same thinking. We go down and have our pro meetings and we get ready for between now and the trade deadline. If we can make good deals that are beneficial to the future of this franchise we are going to do that. I don't want to certainly tear the team apart even though we're picking third overall as of today, but I've had a talk with people in my organization, ownership and including a player like Brian Gionta, that we're not going to let pending UFAs leave for nothing. We do have to continue to build this; we're not there. No one can be happy with the record we have and I don't blame them, but we are where we are. It is a rebuild. It wasn't a retool. It wasn't a quick fix. It's a rebuild so that we can be good for a long time. That's the mindset. In saying that we signed Brian Gionta, we traded for Josh Gorges, so we were still able to acquire good players, but we have to be able to acquire good players going forward if we're going to fix this fairly quickly."
read on for four more questions and answers...
Amongst this morning's trade scuttlebutt from the Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch:
Toronto GM Dave Nonis quietly has been working the phones. Didn’t get the sense from anybody that the Leafs are on the verge of making a deal. The Leafs may have been trying to gauge interest in winger Joffrey Lupul before he was hurt last week and was sent back to Toronto for further evaluation. He has a $5.25 million cap hit through 2017-18 and can’t be moved until he proves he’s able to stay healthy.
Buffalo GM Tim Murray has been busy trying to see if anybody will take winger Chris Stewart off his hands sometime soon. These have been going on for months, but Murray is demanding a good return and won’t make the move until he gets it. The Penguins aren’t in the mix anymore, but the Flames, Bruins and Senators have spoken with Murray.
A league executive on trade talks: “Wait a few weeks until teams start falling out of the playoff race, then trades will happen. Until then, it could be quiet.”
After all the rave reviews about Washington hosting the Winter Classic Wednesday, there is talk the next stop could be Winnipeg next season. A visit by Jonathan Toews and the Blackhawks might be a nice fit as an opponent.
Garrioch continues, discussing Sergei Bobrovsky's fate, the Oilers' possible machinations and whether the World Juniors could have an effect on the Eichel-vs-McDavid derby (the answer should be "no, short tournament")...And what is it for Chicago, first to four?
The NHL's roster freeze may be in effect until December 27th, but the Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch brings trade rumor gifts to the hockey holiday tree via his Sunday column.
First, Garrioch discusses Nick Foligno's future with the Columbus Blue Jackets given his point-per-game form...
Making $3.08 million in the final year of his contract, some wonder if a five-year, $25-million deal would get it done for Foligno. Probably not — the thinking is he’d be able to eclipse that number on the lucrative free-agent market.
You have to think Foligno is looking at the seven-year, $36.75-million deal that David Clarkson signed with the Leafs at $5.25 million per season in 2013-14 as a benchmark. The Jackets aren’t sure if Nathan Horton will ever return from his back issues, so they want to keep Foligno badly.
These quips aren't surprising...
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NHL.com's "30 in 30" series focuses on the Buffalo Sabres today, with the team's top prospects, Anthony Stewart's presence and steps that need to be taken by both in-the-lineup players like Tyler Myers and top picks like Sam Reinhart faring significantly into the probability of the team turning itself around this upcoming season. The "hook" regarding today's articles comes in the form of surprising comments come from Sabres coach Ted Nolan and the aforementioned Stewart, who issue "We're not that far off" comments to NHL.com's Jon Lane:
Following what he called a "completely unacceptable" season, [Sabres GM Tim] Murray refused to buy into a five-year rebuild and accelerated the Sabres' reconstruction with the signing of five free agents on July 1.
"Probably the best couple of words I heard out of Tim's mouth was when he said 'five years,'" said Ted Nolan, who went 17-36-9 after taking over as interim coach and signed a three-year contract extension in March. "Who knows what's going to happen five years from now? I always, as a coach, just worry about now. My now is preparing this team to be the best we can. If we get the players like we did this summer, it could be a very short rebuild and we get to the point to where we're battling for what everybody wants, and that's the Stanley Cup."
Updated 2x at 9:19 PM: Paul did a helluva job of covering the "gist" of the GM's meetings, but here are some items that I noticed on Twitter and feel merit mentioning, starting with Craig Custance's chat with Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman...
In Penguins and Maple Leafs news, from Sportsnet's Chris Johnston...
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In his last rumor column of the 13-14 regular season, the Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch ponders the state of the NHL's search for Brendan Shanahan's successor, the coaching and managerial decisions facing the Canucks, Penguins, Leafs, Panthers and Hurricanes, and he wonders where Mike Cammalleri, Ryan Kesler and Martin Brodeur will end up, but sometimes the "lede story" is the one you go with:
[Tim Murray, the] Buffalo Sabres’ GM has hung the ‘For Sale’ sign outside the club’s office and he’s willing to move just about anybody as the off-season officially gets underway Monday for non-playoff teams.
Sources say Murray has been shopping RW Chris Stewart, D Christian Ehroff, C Luke Adam and RW Drew Stafford.
It doesn’t stop there, either. The Sabres will also listen to see what they can get for LW Marcus Foligno, LW Johan Larsson and D Chad Ruhwedel.
The last three are young players that are still considered prospects so it’s a little surprising Murray would be willing to move any of those guys given the club’s current state and direction.
“He’s just open for business,” said a league executive about Murray before the weekend. “He hasn’t drafted any of these current guys.”
Garrioch continues at length...
Tim Murray. GM for the Buffalo Sabres joined Hockey Central at Noon to talk the Sabres at the trade deadline.
Baiscally every Buffalo player is available, some more than others and some frank discussion on Ryan Miller and Steve Ott.
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.
From Ken Warren at Canwest via the Vancouver Sun,
“Guys get fast-tracked because of free agency at 27. You need cheaper players. You’re going to see lots of players come right out of junior who are going to play on the big team.”
More and more, NHL teams appear to be building around a core of franchise-type players, signing them to multi-year contracts while filling in the rest of the roster however possible.
“You’re locking up five or six guys long-term, with big money, and your other guys are moving on,” Murray said. “That’s why we’ve increased the amount of people on our amateur scouting staff. Every team has over the years. Since the new [collective agreement between the NHL and the players’ association], you have to draft guys who can come up and play. You can’t have a draft where you get nobody. That kills your organization.”