Since Tim Murray took over the helm of the Buffalo Sabres organization, he has worked tirelessly to fit the team to a direction that he wants to go. When he interviewed for the General Manager position and got it this past January, he obviously convinced Owner Terry Pegula that his direction was the right one. He’s made it clear that he wants a hard working team that “won’t be an easy two points.” (interview with Buffalo Media). Fans, so far, have taken well to Murray’s direction and have embraced it with faith. Let’s all be serious though. Due to the horrific season last year, Sabres fans would have accepted nearly any other direction as long as it wasn’t under Darcy Regier.
Tim Murray’s direction was affirmed this summer when he went out and drafted Samson Reinhart, and aquired competitive veterans Brian Gionta and Josh Gorges. He shows that when he got here and said that he didn’t want to do a 5 year rebuild, he meant it. His actions have backed up his words and have won over the fans (for now). But is his direction the right one for the current Sabres roster? Well, let’s look at the facts. The coach is Ted Nolan, a coach that preaches work ethic, and has proven that he can get that work ethic out of his players. The returning players are all ready to play for this man next season, and Nolan has shown that he can teach younger players how to be NHL caliber players (i.e Zemgus Girgensons). Murray has surrounded Nolan with the talent and the right players, but only gameplay will tell if it pays off. So is Murray’s direction the right one? I would say yes for now. It will keep young players developing and will make them great NHL players in the not so distant future.