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Sabres name Tim Murray as GM

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Buffalo Sabres president Pat LaFontaine named Tim Murray as the team's general manager on Thursday.

Murray was one of 10 candidates interviewed and is the nephew of Bryan Murray, general manager of the Ottawa Senators.

Tim Murray served an apprenticeship of sorts with Ottawa and became the assistant general manager. Tim Murray also worked in scouting and personnel with the Anaheim Ducks, Detroit Red Wings, Florida Panthers and New York Rangers.

"When Bryan came to me this time and said, 'They've called and asked permission, should I grant it?' it didn't take me long to say yes," Tim Murray said.

"I came from a comfortable situation. I'm from the Ottawa area, my wife and kids are there. Everybody was speculating I might be the next guy there. I don't know whether I was going to be or not, but I'm sure I would've been a candidate, and when this came, (it's like) a blank slate.

"(There's) money to spend when it's the right time here to be a (salary cap) team. This was just an attractive, attractive time for me to branch out on my own and put my stamp on the game of hockey."

LaFontaine turned down the GM title because he wanted to gain more experience.

The position opened Nov. 13 when former GM Darcy Regier and coach Ron Rolston were fired. LaFontaine was hired as president of hockey operations.

"He's paid his dues," LaFontaine said of Murray. "He's earned this opportunity. He knows organization from every level. He knows every facet. He's decisive. He's a team guy. He cares. He's loyal and respectful and trustworthy."

Jim Benning, assistant general manager of the Boston Bruins, was the other finalist for the job in Buffalo. Benning helped build the mainstays of the Sabres last strong contender, with defenseman Brian Campbell, forward Jason Pominville and goalie Ryan Miller.

"My short-term goal in next few days is to go over (draft) lists and reports with (assistant general manager) Kevin Devine because that is how you build a team," Murray said. "You build a team through doing well in the draft. Free agency puts you over the top. That's my philosophy."

The Sabres also hired Craig Patrick as a special assistant. Patrick was with the Columbus Blue Jackets in a similar role and before that was general manager of the New York Rangers and the Pittsburgh Penguins.
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