Skip to content

Report: Sabres on verge of handing GM gig to Tim Murray

Jan 7, 2014, 9:47 PM EST

TimMurray Getty Images

The Buffalo Sabres are very close to naming Ottawa Senators assistant GM Tim Murray their new general manager, according to various reports.

(That news comes from both TSN’s Bob McKenzie and Sportsnet’s John Shannon, though both emphasized that the two sides are still negotiating terms as of Tuesday night.)

Murray, 50, has been with the Senators since July 2007. His NHL experience stretches all the way back to his time as a Detroit Red Wings scout in 1993-94. Senators GM Bryan Murray is his uncle.

While Murray was named as the frontrunner, Boston Bruins assistant GM Jim Benning seemed to also be in the running as recently as Monday. The Sabres’ rights to chat up Benning expired today, however, according to McKenzie.

Grumblings among NHL execs

That window of negotiation points to a fascinating sub-story: NHL teams are complaining about the process in which rival teams interview (and sometimes poach) each others’ front office members. McKenzie reports that Red Wings GM Ken Holland and Calgary Flames exec Brian Burke are among those who are pushing the hardest for compensation when it comes to losing front office members, yet it sounds like such an initative won’t move the needle with commissioner Gary Bettman.

In other words, don’t expect teams to pay in picks and money when a rising front office star is hired away (see: the Tampa Bay Buccaneers paying a ransom for Jon Gruden many moons ago).

That’s not to say that such distaste will have no impact on future movements, though, as McKenzie explains that NHL teams might not be as accommodating when it comes to the Flames’ own GM search.

Hey, maybe it will prompt Burke to say something sensational and angry again, though.

Latest Posts
  1. Goalie nods: Slumping Bernier back in for Leafs

    Jan 28, 2015, 2:15 PM EST

    Jonathan Bernier AP

    News and notes from around the crease…

  2. Isles’ Clutterbuck latest to be fined for diving

    Jan 28, 2015, 1:51 PM EST

    Montreal Canadiens v New York Islanders Getty Images

    An incident against Philly on Jan. 19 was the straw that broke the camel’s back.

  3. Sabres GM bemoans ‘very, very quiet’ trade market

    Jan 28, 2015, 1:39 PM EST

    Buffalo Sabres v New York Rangers Getty Images

    Chris Stewart remains a member of the worst team in the NHL.

  4. Devils to celebrate 20th anniversary of first Stanley Cup title

    Jan 28, 2015, 1:11 PM EST

    The Stanley Cup-NJ Devils, on Letterman Getty Images

    “That was a team with tremendous character, with great coaches, great players and quality individuals. “

  5. Report: No punishment for Emelin after boarding Spezza

    Jan 28, 2015, 12:51 PM EST

    Jason Spezza Jason Spezza

    Habs’ d-man was tossed from Tuesday night’s game.

  6. No hearing scheduled for Kesler after ‘dirty play’ on Dorsett

    Jan 28, 2015, 11:52 AM EST

    Anaheim Ducks v Vancouver Canucks Anaheim Ducks v Vancouver Canucks

    “It shouldn’t be a part of hockey,” said Canucks captain Henrik Sedin.

  7. Why NHL fans — no matter where they live — should care about the plunging Canadian dollar

    Jan 28, 2015, 11:51 AM EST

    money money

    Could be bad news. Could be good. All depends who you cheer for.

  8. Welcome Matt Bartkowski to the trade rumor mill

    Jan 28, 2015, 11:33 AM EST

    Buffalo Sabres v Boston Bruins Getty Images

    Boston d-man has struggled this season, but could be on the move by Mar. 2.

  9. NHL on NBCSN: Faltering Kings face rival Blackhawks

    Jan 28, 2015, 11:17 AM EST

    Drew Doughty, Patrick Sharp Drew Doughty, Patrick Sharp

    Los Angeles is currently out of the West’s top eight.

  10. Sabres lift Zadorov suspension

    Jan 28, 2015, 11:16 AM EST

    Buffalo Sabres v Tampa Bay Lightning Buffalo Sabres v Tampa Bay Lightning

    “Show up to your job, and you’re off suspension.”

  11. Canucks’ Dorsett suffers upper body injury in loss to the Ducks

    Jan 28, 2015, 1:45 AM EST

    Derek Dorsett Getty Images

    Vancouver has now been shutout in back-to-back home games.

  12. Letang’s five assists help the Pens past the Jets

    Jan 28, 2015, 1:00 AM EST

    Kris Letang Getty Images

    Pittsburgh was without Crosby and Malkin.

Featured video

Who will excite most in All-Star game?
Top 10 NHL Player Searches
  1. E. Malkin (3602)
  2. S. Crosby (3601)
  3. K. Letang (3505)
  4. S. Bobrovsky (2968)
  5. P. Hornqvist (2628)
  1. C. Price (2563)
  2. T. Johnson (2357)
  3. P. Rinne (2133)
  4. J. Ortio (2003)
  5. M. Richards (1861)