The Buffalo Sabres, under the new tutelage of general manager Tim Murray have attacked the prospect pool in the draft, and have now taken a direct stab at the free agent pool.
I for one am very happy with the outcome of the three days of work that Tim Murray has put in to retool this organization at a hockey level – and rebuild a franchise in desperate need of a culture shock and culture change.
This might be a biased question to ask at this point. We are only one off season removed from the tenure of Darcy Regier, where the Buffalo Sabres would have stood pat on free agency day while big names were overpaid; trades were made – and rosters would be better. Buffalo Sabres fans would then be told by Darcy Regier that the Buffalo Sabres did nothing because the price was too high or the return wasn’t there.
As far as that is concerned, knock on the door and hand Tim Murray a report card with a grade of A+. The only thing that I might fault him for was making the roster that much better that you might knock yourself out of contention for Connor McDavid.
Only time will tell if the 2014 NHL Entry Draft will pay off for Tim Murray. This whole short term contract to guys with experience and leadership to train the prospects of the Buffalo Sabres has to pay off for Tim Murray.
Its like getting that cool new video game for Christmas – the one you have been hearing about being all hyped up as the next best thing. Only its just the demo disc because the game doesn’t come out until New Years Eve. The demo disc is great – but is the whole thing going to be truly worth the wait?
What says you Buffalo Sabres fans – how do you grade Tim Murray for his start of the rebuild process?
You can only select an A through D grade in the poll, so I welcome your comments on what could have been done better or differently through the opening of free agency.