It appears Pat LaFontaine‘s search for the next Buffalo Sabres general manager has finally come to an end as his man is set to meet with Terry Pegula this week. As we’ve been reporting for you all week, Tim Murray will likely be named the next GM of the Buffalo Sabres.
Pending successful negotiation of contract with BUF, OTT assistant GM Tim Murray will be next GM of the Sabres.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) January 8, 2014
Other finalists for the job included Jim Benning, Mike Futa and Brad Treliving, all of whom were informed they were out of the
running for the Sabres GM job. Benning’s window to talk with the Buffalo Sabres had expired which forced the Sabres to wait for him, something LaFontaine did not want to do with the trade deadline coming quick. As a result, pending contract negotiations Tim Murray will be the next Buffalo Sabres GM.
Terry Pegula and Tim Murray will begin contract talks today in hopes of reaching a suitable contract for both parties. Tim Murray is currently the assistant GM of the Ottawa Senators and the nephew of Bryan Murray the GM of the Senators. Tim has had the benefit of learning the game from a great hockey mind and was responsible for rebuilding the Binghamton Senators and leading them to a Calder Championship in 2011.
…as @DougMaclean said yesterday, it appears Tim Murray is going to be the new GM in Buffalo.
— John Shannon (@JSportsnet) January 8, 2014
For the most part there isn’t much known about Murray. He likes to use the draft and has been known to go after more European players which has had success in Erik Karlsson but he doesn’t have that Stanley Cup which LaFontaine was looking for. The good news is a lot of Ottawa Senators fans are upset to be losing their assistant GM who is a great hockey mind.
While we don’t know much about Tim Murray, there is always this; And before you ask, yes there is already a parody account.
My opinion of the Tim Murray hire: He’s not Darcy. *Pumps fist, does Michael Jackson leg kick, twirls & twists ankle* #Chea
— Buffalo Haka (@DeakInABox) January 8, 2014
Aside from the small issue of negotiating a contract- seriously Terry Pegula has more than enough money to throw as little or as much as he wants on Murray, It appears Tim Murray will become the next Buffalo Sabres GM. While nothing is set in stone the Buffalo Sabres have officially begun negotiating with Tim Murray.
What are your thoughts on the possibility of Tim Murray being named the next GM?