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‘A lot of nights it was hard to watch,’ says Sabres GM Murray

Apr 15, 2014, 10:15 PM EDT

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The Buffalo Sabres finished at the bottom of the National Hockey League standings, and, as a result, were rewarded with the No. 2 overall pick in the upcoming draft after Tuesday’s lottery.

It’s not the first overall selection, which now belongs to the Florida Panthers, but getting to select from the top crop of prospects is something to look forward for the Sabres and rookie general manager Tim Murray. The 2013-14 season was a difficult one to digest for fans of the Sabres and those involved with the team, which finished with a 21-51-10 record.

It was also a record-breaking season, as the Sabres scored 150 non-shootout goals, a new record low in the post-expansion era, as reported by PHT’s Joe Yerdon.

“A lot of nights it was hard to watch,” said Murray, as per The Associated Press. “A lot of nights we competed hard and just didn’t have enough talent to put us over the top. But other nights, it wasn’t pretty.”

Murray also said earlier in the day that Ville Leino is a “very good possibility” to receive a compliance buyout this off-season.

  1. trbowman - Apr 15, 2014 at 10:41 PM

    Life of a Buffalo fan – we can’t even mind a flaming lottery.

    Ah well. Still gonna get a good player at two. And give us that second pick Isles.

    • trbowman - Apr 15, 2014 at 10:42 PM

      Win* not mind

      Dunno how that happened but there ya go.

      GO SABRES!

      • davebabychreturns - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:37 AM

        You guys have won a lottery. Granted, it was a two team lottery and the only other team has even worse fortunes than yours, but it still counts.

        Signed, Canucks fans.

  2. djshnooks - Apr 16, 2014 at 12:35 AM

    Definitely going to get a good player.

    The highest they have drafted in 27 years.

  3. blomfeld - Apr 16, 2014 at 12:40 AM

    this Murray guy looks like a complete nut ! … if I didn’t know better, I’d probably peg him for being either a ‘raging’ sociopath or some kind of ‘demented’ religious zealot !

    “Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we.”—Washington, D.C., Aug. 5, 2004 … George W Bush

    • usher716 - Apr 16, 2014 at 10:23 AM

      I don’t think Murray is nuts but I could watch that G Dubs nonsense all day, thanks for that.

  4. Andee - Apr 16, 2014 at 12:01 PM

    It has been such a long season. Here’s hoping this is rock bottom because I’d hate to know what could happen next.

  5. cliffatola - Apr 17, 2014 at 1:12 AM

    If he doesn’t use a compliance buyout on Leino he shouldn’t be making that #2 overall pick for your team either.

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