BUFFALO, N.Y.-It appears that Tim Murray will be the new general manager of the Buffalo Sabres. The Sabres have neither confirmed or denied the report but a source tells Two On Your Side's Adam Benigni that Murray is the Sabres choice for their new general manager. .
The Ottawa Sun reported Wednesday that all that remained for Murray was approval from Sabres owner Terry Pegula and the finalization of a contract.
TSN Bob McKenzie tweets Tuesday night "To be clear on BUF GM, while T Murray is last man standing, formal offer, negotiation, ownership approval etc all still remain to be done."
The 50 year old Murray has been in the NHL for 20 years and has a scouting background. He worked for Detroit, Florida, Anaheim and the New York Rangers before joining the Senators in 2007
Murray generally travels with the Senators but did not accompany the team on their current trip to Denver. Murray was the GM of the AHL's Binghamton Senators when they won the Calder Cup in 2011. He was also part of the Ducks Stanley Cup run in 2003.
Earlier Tuesday the Associated Press reported that Murray and Boston Bruins assistant general manager Jim Benning were among four finalists for the job. The window of opportunity for Benning has apparently closed as the Bruins don't want him to leave for another job until after the Olympics. The Sabres did not want to wait that long with the trade deadline set for March 5, only a week after the games end.
The Sabres have been looking for a new general manager since Darcy Regier was fired last November. Team president Pat LaFontaine, who was offered the job but didn't feel he has enough experience for the position is conducting the search. The Sabres have not responded to inquiries from Two on Your Side.