by PuckStopsHere on 01/09/14 at 11:47 PM ET
Today the Buffalo Sabres have hired a new GM in Tim Murray. Murray was the Ottawa Senators assistant GM. This is a job he was working for his uncle Ottawa GM Bryan Murray. That alone calls into question his credentials. He had been an assistant GM in Ottawa for seven years. In part of that job he was GM of the 2011 AHL Calder Cup champion Binghamton Senators. It is always hard to figure out how much an assistant GM is responsible for the success or lack of success of his NHL club. Ottawa has not been the most successful team during Murray's time there. Ottawa has missed the playoffs twice and only once made it beyond the first round of the playoffs in that time. It is not exactly a successful run and with the possible nepotism in his being hired at all it is questionable that he is the best potential GM out there. He isn't one that would have been on my short list had I been asked to find an NHL GM.
Before his time in Ottawa, Tim Murray worked as assistant director of player personnel with the New York Rangers for a couple seasons. Prior to that, he had a three year run as the Anaheim Ducks director of player personnel. Prior to that there were eight years in the Florida Panther organization as a scout. He left the organization as the director of amateur scouting. His NHL executive career began a year earlier as an amateur scout with the Detroit Red Wings. This is a long record of NHL jobs. If we cross-reference his travels with those of Bryan Murray (his uncle), we find that he was in Detroit, Florida, Anaheim and Ottawa when Murray worked as GM there. His Florida Panther time occurred when his father Terry Murray was the coach. Tim Murray has a long record of working for his father and his uncle. Is that really what you want in a GM?
Tim Murray has a twenty year record of working in the NHL. For the large part he has worked for family. He has very little record of working for NHL teams where he was not hired due to family ties. The Buffalo Sabres are taking a big risk on hiring a general manager who hasn't been able to find employment in the past with teams other than those family ran. You would think that the best available GM would be able to find a job without help from family to find him the job. I think that odds are Buffalo has not found the GM to lead them to big success.
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