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Report: Murray, Benning emerge as finalists for Buffalo’s GM gig

Jan 6, 2014, 7:10 PM EST

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It sounds as though the Buffalo Sabres’ GM search has been whittled down to two final candidates.

Ottawa assistant GM Tim Murray — who has reportedly interviewed twice for the job — and Boston assistant GM Jim Benning are believed to be the frontrunners for Darcy Regier’s old job, according to the Ottawa Sun.

Murray, 50, is a veteran hockey man that worked with the Panthers, Ducks and Rangers before joining the Ottawa organization in 2007, working under his uncle — GM Bryan Murray.

During his time with the Sens the younger Murray’s primarily been in charge of the club’s farm team in AHL Binghamton (the B-Sens captured the Calder Cup in 2011) and has worked extensively on a number of Ottawa’s key drafts.

Based on various reports, Murray appears to favored for the job, though Benning still remains in the hunt.

Benning, also 50, is a former NHL defenseman that’s been with Boston for the last eight years, serving as Peter Chiarelli’s assistant since 2006. Benning also has major ties to the Buffalo organization having worked there for 12 seasons, including eight as the director of amateur scouting.

Sabres president Pat LaFontaine was granted permission to speak with Benning back in mid-November about the vacant GM post.

  1. lowenni - Jan 6, 2014 at 7:21 PM

    That Tim Murray is a strange looking fellow.

  2. rushledger - Jan 6, 2014 at 10:03 PM

    He looks like a crackhead or a fish.

  3. drewzducks - Jan 6, 2014 at 10:51 PM

    It’s Buffalo. Who cares.

    • damaged262 - Jan 7, 2014 at 10:50 PM

      Yeah, right, it’s just Buffalo. Btw, does LA still have to import enough ice to fill the rink from Alaska? Come to think of it, do they still have to import fans to make it look like a city of 3,857,799 have enough hockey fans to fill a rink? Stop being an ignorant asshole, hockey fans used to have dignity. Give it a shot, see if it grows on you.

      • drewzducks - Jan 7, 2014 at 11:03 PM

        braindamaged…I’m a B’s fan from Boston…guessing you never heard of the Univ. of Oregon. That’s ok. Doesn’t Buffalo’s once respectable football team play a “home” game in a foreign country ? Thought so. You can speak of dignity when the Orchard Park Bills remove the name of a double murderer from their ring of dishonor.

      • damaged262 - Jan 8, 2014 at 12:18 AM

        Thanks for getting my name wrong, it’s an homage to the most intellectual band in rock and roll, but you wouldn’t know that. Why would I give a rats ass about a school in Oregon? Isn’t that where professors go to die after they’ve been drummed out of real universities? Besides, who would be a fan of ducks, except to serve them for a meal? Apparently you’ve never heard of the American Legal System, Simpson was found not guilty of any bloody mayhem. In addition, Canada is our cleanest suburb, so we tolerate a game going there each year. At least they can keep it in their own continent, or was this too long ago for your Samuel Adams soaked brain to recall? http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000085492/article/new-england-patriots-prep-for-london-game-vs-rams Let’s not forget ’09 as well. Now I see where your ignorance comes from, the things that people get suspended for now, well, that was just common play for the B’s in years past. You think Chara has to get down on all fours to take care of Bettman’s needs? Or does Bettman have to stand on a chair?

      • drewzducks - Jan 8, 2014 at 1:30 PM

        Sounds like you don’t like how the Bs play. Too tough for the skirt wearing Ryan Miller? Isn’t that why you brought in Scott ? What about Lady Byng herself, Kaleta? Your team actually used to be tough and skilled in the 70’s and 80’s. Korab, Schoenfeld, Foligno, Korab, Maguire, May… Now they’re an afterthought and irrelevant, just like Buffalo. Don’t blame us for Brett Hull. As far as the Patiots are concerned, congratulations, you’ve cornered the market on stupidity. The Patriots played overseas, in London, twice. As a ROAD team. You originally ASSumed I was an Anaheim fan, remarking that they didn’t have enough fans to fill their arena. When I corrected you and pointed out that your pathetic excuse of a football team has to play a HOME game over the border you countered with another weak response regarding the Patriots playing across the pond. I actually enjoyed my trip up to Orchard Park this year to watch another predictable Patriots victory over your once proud franchise. Plenty of good seats were available. While you’re at home, wearing your “Free O.J.” t-shirt be happy to know that his suffering may soon be over. He claims to have brain cancer and has even written Obama saying “…please don’t let me die in prison. I feel the end coming. But I don’t want to die in prison like common jailhouse scum.” I can’t think of a more perfect ending other than wide right.

      • damaged262 - Jan 8, 2014 at 8:07 PM

        All of that was so lame, I don’t even need to reply. Just weak rehashed lameness. Be well Drewy/

  4. djshnooks - Jan 7, 2014 at 5:11 PM

    Much rather have someone from Boston’s front office…what the hell has Ottawa done lately that is of any significance?

  5. djshnooks - Jan 8, 2014 at 4:07 PM

    Why did the Bruins get players like Kessel and Seguin? Oh, because they were the worst team in the league.

    It’s called rebuilding…every team has had to go through it. Buffalo is coming.

    • drewzducks - Jan 8, 2014 at 6:18 PM

      They got Kessel because they sucked and had the 5th pick in 2006. They got Seguin because they traded Kessel for Toronto’s #2 overall pick in 2010. Not only were they not the worst team in the league that season, they knocked Buffalo out if the first round of the playoffs before collapsing against the Flyers. On a more positive note, good luck on that rebuild as Benning seems to be pretty bold as he was outspoken against Seguin and recommended that he was not a long term fit in the organization. Time will tell.

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