Since taking the general manager job in Buffalo, Tim Murray has carried himself with a certain attitude and confidence that hasn't existed in the city for quite some time.
Murray almost looks angry during camera shots of him on the job, and his sarcasm during interviews are humorous. His approach to the NHL draft should also put teams on notice. While every other general manager opened the draft with a short speech, thanking Philadelphia for hosting the event and congratulating the LA Kings, Murray walked up to the stage, announced his pick, greeted Sam Reinhart and walked off the stage.
Before joining Buffalo, Murray was known as a no-nonsense type of guy. He is certainly showing those attributes in his first offseason as he rebuilds the train wreck that Darcy Regier left him. Media members continuously pelted Murray with questions regarding the team's ability to reach the salary cap floor. Murray responded by reaching that point in a little more than four hours, with names that many people did not expect to want to sign in Buffalo. Brian Gionta was the captain of the Montreal Canadiens, and opted to sign with his hometown team. Josh Gorges rejected a trade to the Toronto Maple Leafs, citing his hatred for the organization, and waived his no-trade-clause to join the Sabres. Then there is Matt Moulson, who would have been a great addition for any contender looking for scoring depth. Moulson rejoined the Sabres after being traded to Minnesota at the deadline, proving that Buffalo is not the toxic waste dump that the rest of the league perceives it to be.
Murray clearly has a plan, and is executing it to perfection right now. Every move he makes is carefully planned and orchestrated. To this point, it would be hard to find a mistake that he has made. The Sabres currently have the best prospect pool in the NHL, and with Murray adding veteran pieces to help develop his young talent, the Sabres will be a force in the coming years.
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