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Sabres ‘trying hard’ to get another first-round pick

Jun 19, 2014, 12:00 PM EDT

The Buffalo Sabres will pick  second overall at the 2014 NHL Entry Draft on June 27 but, to hear GM Tim Murray explain it, that isn’t the only time Buffalo wants to be at the podium on opening night.

The Sabres are looking to acquire another first-round pick, Murray said on Thursday.

“I have been trying hard to do that,” he said. “The people I’ve talked to haven’t said no, but nobody’s called back and said ‘yeah, let’s do this deal.’

“I’ve got a lot of potential deals out there that have a first [round pick] coming back, where it’s in the 20s or the teens.”

This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise — earlier, reports surfaced that Murray would take on a team’s onerous contract and use a compliance buyout in exchange for a first-rounder — and, per Buffalo’s WGR 550, it seems the organizational blueprint is to rebuild the club through two drafts, hence the desire to add picks:

Murray maintained that it’s going to take two drafts to build this team. He admitted they are not a Stanley Cup team this year so the draft has to be the focus.

Murray thinks he may be able to acquire another 2014 first round pick. He said getting a 2015 first rounder will be much harder. In his discussions with other teams, 2014 first round picks are available.

Murray knows he has to get to the salary cap floor so he’s not afraid of taking contracts on from other teams if he can get what he wants at the top end of the deal. It’s just absorbing a contract that another team can’t.

It’ll be interesting to see how (or, if) Murray will be able to get into the first round again. Aside from taking back a bad contract, he could package some of his other picks — in addition to the No. 2 overall selection, the Sabres hold the No. 31, No. 39, No. 49 and No. 61 picks.

  1. lowenni - Jun 19, 2014 at 12:17 PM

    The idea of taking on another teams contract to buy out themselves is very clever. Also shows that the Sabres have the funding to make progress. Murray really seems like he knows what he’s doing and is rebuilding very well, and while it may be a slow next two years for Sabres fans, I think with Murray at the helm the future is bright in Buffalo.

    • billiam55 - Jun 19, 2014 at 1:30 PM

      agreed. happy that management has finally come along for buffalo. future does look good.

    • petersteelewannabe - Jun 19, 2014 at 1:44 PM

      Best move Buffalo has made in many a moon (hiring Murray)-that team might be a beast in a few years.

      • bullwinkle88 - Jun 19, 2014 at 2:27 PM

        The old regime also made several excellent moves as well to get Murray to this point.

    • winbills - Jun 19, 2014 at 11:51 PM

      nonsense…………….this was completely unnecessary…………..clever team do not ditch all their NHL talent…………plain old stupid………the Kings bought the cup, they added good talent from other teams to supplement they talent they already had

      our future is totally based on all these draft picks hitting, ask the oilers and islanders how that plan has worked out

      • elemeno89 - Jun 20, 2014 at 1:05 PM

        They do if that talent will be irrelevant when the team finally competes. The Sabres are four to five years away from really making a run,if at all. Why keep Miller and Vanek around that long only to be diminished, when their talents will be of much higher need now to a team that is closer to winning.

        Bite the bullet, dump the current assets for future prospects/picks that will bud into a new core over the next few seasons. It’s how you rebuild into a competing team.

    • blomfeld - Jun 20, 2014 at 1:59 AM


      Can’t say I know much about this guy ? … but judging from the photo above, I’d say the answer to that question is ‘hell’ ya ! … and that’s a shame 😦

  2. howintensive - Jun 19, 2014 at 12:24 PM

    Detroit would love to make a deal.

    • 19to77 - Jun 19, 2014 at 12:41 PM

      Moving Weiss would make this a hugely successful offseason. Mind you capgeek says he has at least some form of NTC, so…

      • petersteelewannabe - Jun 19, 2014 at 1:46 PM

        But that would work to his favor-if he gets traded just to get complianced, he is now a free agent with 2/3 of his last contract guaranteed PLUS whatever he signs for next.

      • cotts1 - Jun 19, 2014 at 1:53 PM

        lmao you want to trade the 15th pick just to give up Weiss??? Would you trade Mantha to get rid of Weiss cause that’s what it could turn into….can just leave Weiss on LTIR.

      • kfraser91 - Jun 19, 2014 at 2:32 PM

        I love any idea that gets rid of Weiss but his deal was made after the new CBA which is why Detroit cant use a buyout on him…not sure how that works when theres a trade tho. and i dont think i would ever trade Mantha. You have no idea how good this kid could/will be when hes ready.

      • petersteelewannabe - Jun 19, 2014 at 5:33 PM

        Did not know his contract was after the fact, so much for that idea.

  3. stevepopo - Jun 19, 2014 at 1:06 PM

    In Murray We Trust. #GoSabres

    • winbills - Jun 19, 2014 at 11:56 PM

      based upon what???? we doing the penguins plan, when we should be doing the red wings plan

      • elemeno89 - Jun 20, 2014 at 1:06 PM


  4. billiam55 - Jun 19, 2014 at 1:31 PM

    5 years from now Sabres are gonna be a playoff hockey team. patience is the key sabres fans.

    • 3linepass - Jun 19, 2014 at 2:05 PM

      Sooner than that. Go look at the roster from 5 years ago. How can you fathom we’d be where we are now? Teams change…….fast. For better and worse.

  5. pete424 - Jun 19, 2014 at 1:59 PM

    Should have gotten more for vanek and miller… Deeeee deeee deeeee

    • bluesrawesome - Jun 19, 2014 at 2:08 PM

      You guys got so much for Miller.

      • winbills - Jun 20, 2014 at 12:15 AM

        we got much of nothing for miller………..a murray trade

        we screwed the islanders a reiger trade

        reiger is good at trades but not so good at the draft

        so far murray has been proven to be bad at trades

        and do not forget murry basically handed the capitals halak

        murray basically gave away 2 nhl goalies for a low number one pick

    • bullwinkle88 - Jun 19, 2014 at 2:29 PM

      What??? Darcy Regier raped Garth Snow in the Vanek deal. Everyone knows that.

    • leninthebuff - Jun 19, 2014 at 4:43 PM

      @pete424 Always one richard in the crowd..lets see for Vanek we got a 2014 2nd, 2015 1st and 2nd and 2016 2nd and it may be just a rumor but if Moulson were to re-sign with the Sabres that’s 5 for 1 trade…I’m sure there isn’t a Sabres fan that will cry about that and plays well into our rebuild.

  6. bluesrawesome - Jun 19, 2014 at 2:24 PM

    Cody Hodgson and 39th to the Blues for 21st and Patrick Berglund and Jordan Leopold.

  7. bullwinkle88 - Jun 19, 2014 at 2:31 PM

    I don’t see why any draft deals should be done now. It’s not a first round pick GMs are after, it’s a particular player in the first round. So the obvious strategy is to set up potential deals and then wait to see if your guy is available when the other team drafts. THEN you make your deal.

  8. phtjoey - Jun 19, 2014 at 5:02 PM

    two years to build through the draft is one thing, but to win with those draft picks after 2 years is a whole different story. Ex: Oilers

    • leninthebuff - Jun 19, 2014 at 5:28 PM

      You make a valid point but look at those drafts, their 1st picks were no brainers but look at the rest of those drafts and you see that not many of the other picks have yet to contribute…there lies the problem as you can’t just rely on your 1’s, you need to hit a few lower rounds picks. I still think the Oilers will start to contend for the play-offs with a couple of moves.

      • winbills - Jun 19, 2014 at 11:58 PM

        and a decent percentage of these picks are not going to hit…………the NHL draft for the most part is a huge crap shoot

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