Buffalo, NY (WBEN) - The Buffalo Sabres have named Tim Murray their seventh general manager in franchise history. Murray appeared live on WBEN Friday morning to discuss his new job. He said "rebuilds aren't easy and they're not fun." He also reiterated his stance that he will make whatever moves are necessary to improve the club.
Murray comes to the Sabres after serving as the assistant general manager for the Ottawa Senators, a post he held for seven years. Part of his duties as assistant general manager included serving as general manager of Ottawa’s American Hockey League affiliate, the 2011 Calder-Cup champion Binghamton Senators.
Prior to being named the Senators’ assistant general manager in 2007, Murray spent three years (2002-2005) as the director of player personnel for the Anaheim Ducks, where he was responsible for overseeing the amateur draft and college free agents. He also served as the assistant director of player personnel for the New York Rangers for two years (2005-2007), where he evaluated potential free agents and also worked as an amateur scout. Murray began his NHL career in 1993-94, when he was hired as an amateur scout for the Detroit Red Wings. He then moved on to the Florida Panthers, where he served as a scout from 1994-2002.
Craig Patrick was hired as an advisor. He last served as senior adviser to the Columbus Blue Jackets’ front office. For 17 years (1989-2006) Patrick served as the executive vice president and general manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins, during which time he elevated the club to being one of the elite teams in the NHL. During his tenure, the Penguins won back-to-back Stanley Cup Championships (1991 and 1992), earned five division titles and made 11 trips to the playoffs. He also helped the Penguins procure some of the best players in team history including Jaromir Jagr, Marc-Andre Fleury, Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby.
Patrick’s career in the NHL as a hockey executive began in 1981, when he was hired to be general manager of the New York Rangers, a post he held until 1986. He has also served as general manager of the 2002 silver-medal winning U.S. Olympic team and assistant general manager of the famed 1980 U.S. Olympic team that won a gold medal in the “Miracle on Ice.”