BUFFALO, N.Y. - The Buffalo Sabres named Tim Murray as General Manager during a press conference Thursday.
"It's the right situation and the right time for me to come to a city like Buffalo where you just strap on your boots, strap on your skates and work hard," said Murray.
Craig Patrick was also hired as a special assistant and adviser to the hockey department.
Murray, 50, from Shawville, Quebec was in his 7th season with the Ottawa Senators, his fifth in the role of Assistant G.M. As part of his responsibilities in Ottawa, Murray was also the G.M. of their American Hockey League affiliate, the Binghamton Senators.
Murray started his NHL career as a scout with the Detroit Red Wings in 1993. He eventually rose through the ranks to the post of Director of Amateur Scouting. He then took the position of Director of Player Personnel with the Anaheim Ducks, before moving to the New York Rangers in a similar role.
Hockey Night in Canada (CBC) analyst Elliotte Friedman said that Murray is "no shrinking violet" and is not afraid to share his opinion. Friedman also says that Murray, and the Senators, have had a knack of finding talent where others have overlooked it. one example he gave was the first round selection in 2008 of defenseman Erik Karlsson. It was a pick that was widely questioned, but Karlsson has developed into one of the NHL's elite offensive defensemen.
Murray succeeds Darcy Regier, who was fired in November.