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Sabres GM not worried about getting to cap floor, because ‘it’s easy to spend money’

Jun 19, 2014, 12:26 PM EDT

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The Buffalo Sabres need to spend around $18 million to get to the cap floor. But general manager Tim Murray isn’t worried about it. And, frankly, he’s getting a little tired of talking about it.

“I hear about it all the time. It’s just a distraction,” Murray said today, per the Buffalo News. “You get in the middle of a meeting, and then somebody walks in the door and talks about the floor. It’s easy to spend money. I don’t like spending money, but it’s easy to spend money. … People want your money, so it’s not hard to give away. It’s just, are the right players, or the guys we like, are they going to approach us to take our money?”

The challenge for the Sabres, of course, will be spending money wisely. After all, it’s not like Buffalo, by far the NHL’s worst team in 2013-14, is at the top of most free agents’ preferred-destinations list.

But, again, Murray isn’t worried.

“I think there are players that are playing for other teams that may want to be moved,” he said. “I think there are players that are hitting free agency at 27 or 28 years old that are late bloomers that feel they haven’t gotten a proper chance where they’ve been.

“I mean, what’s attractive to some players may not be attractive to other players. I think we’re attractive to a certain type of player, and I don’t think they all necessarily have to be bad players. I think they can be guys that need an opportunity, that certainly see opportunity here.”

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  1. tru2joelu4eva - Jun 19, 2014 at 1:55 PM

    “I think we’re attractive to a certain type of player, and I don’t think they all necessarily have to be bad players.”

    “I don’t like spending money, but it’s easy to spend money. … People want your money”

    if i was a sabres fan i think right about now i’d be looking for my first car to flip

    • elemeno89 - Jun 20, 2014 at 11:36 AM

      It’s easy to beat up on the Sabres. Hell if i wasn’t a fan of the team then I would be too. But when it comes down to it, the Sabres have immense depth at young talent coming through the ranks. Talent that doesn’t already include their 4 first round picks and 6 second round picks over the next two drafts. If I was a young FA that was looking for a long-term deal and more money, then the Sabres (who have no cap issues at all, and who have a pretty bright future in terms of young talent) seem like a pretty appealing place to be.

      Sure they may have to commit a bit more to the average free agent, but that is not necessarily a bad thing given that they have money to spend.

    • sgs32 - Jun 20, 2014 at 3:13 PM

      that’s how to run a team

  2. c9castine - Jun 19, 2014 at 2:01 PM

    buffalo will be a great place to play hockey again. id imagine one or two players sign there and more follow. its an attractive thing to a lot of guys to join a budding team such as this – they love the potential of being a part of the foundation of the next contender.

  3. rabidbillsfan - Jun 19, 2014 at 2:33 PM

    Buffalo still is a great place to play hockey. I think what Tim’s getting at is he’s not going to beg players to play here by throwing millions at them, when they only warrant half of that anywhere else. I’m really surprised I’m saying this, but the team that i don’t want to emulate is the Penguins. They have so much cash tied up in a few players (and deservedly so) that they don’t have the depth required to finish the race. I think Tim has this idea of “reloading” rather than “rebuilding”. By that I mean, sign guys who are hitting their prime, but haven’t had the chance to flourish in their roles on their current teams, they will take a little less for the opportunity to play more. It removes the handcuffs of crazy contracts, and every few years, just reload the roster with the same type of player, rather than tie up a bunch of cash in a few guys for 7+ years, then when they start to decline, you are stuck with an un-tradable player and contract and have to start from scratch. I’m not saying you do this for everybody, but you pay your core guys who you won’t find floating in free-agency or near the bottom of the draft (which is where we all hope this team starts picking very soon.) Again, look at Pitt and MAF. Honestly, if they would platoon their goalies with some young up and comer, and a veteran presence, they would still be just as good, and not have all that cash tied up in a guy who is shaky at best when the games count. You have the talent up front to compensate if your goalies have an off night, and that’s what you pay them for. If they can’t do that, then you are paying them too much.

  4. hockeyflow33 - Jun 19, 2014 at 5:43 PM

    If I’m a free agent who’s going to be playing for a bad team, Florida will win over Buffalo every time.

  5. zinger99 - Jun 19, 2014 at 6:14 PM

    Baghdad would win out over Buffalo.

  6. President Charles Logan - Jun 19, 2014 at 7:05 PM

    Ya’ll need to quit drinking the Kool Aid and and stop trying to convince yourselves that Buffalo NY is a good place to play …. cause … it’s not. and it never will be . There’s absolutely nothing there , nothing attractive , nothing geographically exciting for anyone to see, look at or participate in, especially in the long cold Winter months . Most importantly , the team is awful and I repeat awful .. with no cure in sight .

  7. mz1394 - Jun 19, 2014 at 7:17 PM

    Yeah players will take less money to play in Buffalo lmao that’s hilarious !!!!!! You mean the sabres have to pay double what any other team would because there is nothing there. Who has ever in their life has said you know where a really great place to go on vacation is buffalo ny HAHAHAHA

  8. Andee - Jun 20, 2014 at 2:39 PM

    Sabres are down now, so get your kicks in. Go ahead and order a Kings jersey and see if you can return that Blackhawks one you won’t wear anymore.

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