Tim Murray Doesn’t Care What YOU Think About His Moves!

Tim Murray

Photo via WGRZ

Tim Murray looks like a no-nonsense kind of guy, I mean I’ve rarely seen him smile and he seems to be thinking three steps ahead of his current thought process. Paul Hamilton of WGR550, a respected journalist who’s hockey acumen has never been doubted praised how he’s handled the litmus test of a GM. The trade deadline this past year, the draft, and now free agency.

Eh lets tweak the Core a little bit. Um NO!!!

Eh lets tweak the Core a little bit. Um NO!!!

As a lifelong Sabres fan I couldn’t be more pleased than how he has handled the team. It’s long been thought around Buffalo, that the team needed a complete overhaul! Under Darcy Regier players were handed huge long-term contracts, to keep what he viewed as the core of his team together. As I look at this team today I see only a handful of those players left (Drew Stafford and his 4 million dollar per year contract sticks out like a sore thumb on this team). Don’t get me wrong Darcy was by no means a terrible GM in the NHL, his trades for Drury and Briere, as well as drafting Ryan Miller, Thomas Vanek, Jason Pominville, and others put the Sabres one or two periods away from the NHL Finals. His Vanek trade earlier this year may have set up the Sabres in next years draft to be a contender for years to come!

However Darcy, would not relent or trade one of the core guys as he referred to them unless the deal was perfect. This was a major problem, as players knew they were safe even if they underplayed. Then throw in long-term contracts for big money to players who in the end, probably never deserved it (Ie: Ville Leino, Stafford, Roy, and the list could go on and on). It was as if he had found the golden ticket when Terry Pegula bought the team, but never figured out how to get to the Chocolate Factory..

Core Guys'

Remember these guys! Eh, me neither!

When Tim Murray came in, he knew what was needed. A complete overhaul of the organization and the culture of the team, and while he may not have been the person to start breaking down the core (Darcy actually began that). He most certainly is the guy who finished the demolition of it. He made the move that sent Cosy McCormick along with goal scorer Matt Moulson to Minnesota for Torrey Mitchell, 2014 2nd Round Pick (WPG) & 2016 2nd Round Pick (MIN). Those picks basically came for free as Moulson resigned with the Sabres along with Cody McCormick. He also moved franchise goaltender Ryan Miller to the St. Louis Blues in what almost ended up as an extra first round pick this year (we will get St. Louis’s 1st next year).

The move that was crucial though is the signing of Rochester native Brian Gionta, former Montreal Canadiens Captain and member of several Stanley Cup Championships with the New Jersey Devils, and a guy who has played on several Olympic Hockey teams for the USA. This is the captain and proven leader a young rebuilding team needs, and I’m not so sure Darcy would have ever felt that way. Murray seems to have an approach of, what have you done for me lately, and if he feels a player doesn’t fit! Well then good-bye, someone else will get that chance! I will not lie, after 14 or 15 years of the core, I am excited to see where this can go. With McDavid and Eichel as well as one of the deepest drafts since 2003, a litany of great young prospects, and draft picks in the upcoming years. The Buffalo Sabres look poised to be a serious contender for some years to come!

Not that Tim Murray cares what you think about that though!

Oh my God he does smile!

Oh my God he does smile!

 

 

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