Murray Has a Fan Inside Sabres Dressing Room

January 8, 2014 Updated Jan 8, 2014 at 7:07 PM EDT

By WKBW Sports

January 8, 2014 Updated Jan 8, 2014 at 7:07 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY - (WKBW) The Buffalo Sabres appear to be in the final stages of their general manager hunt. Canada's Rogers Sportsnet, TSN and the Ottawa Sun all report that Senators Assistant General Manager Tim Murray is the frontrunner to land the Sabres GM job.

There's one man inside the Sabres dressing room that knows Murray a little better than others. Buffalo Center Zenon Konopka played for the Sens during the 2011-12 season. He spoke with Eyewitness Sports Anchor Shawn Stepner after Wednesday's practice.

"He's a really good person, really sharp guy," Konopka said. "If we get him in here we're pretty lucky to grab him. He's been in the business for a long time. He knows the ins and outs. Hopefully we can finalize that."

Murray was named Ottawa's Assistant GM in July of 2005. He's also worked for the Red Wings, Panthers, Ducks and Rangers.

"He was connected everywhere. He understood the players, coaches," Konopka added. "He had a pulse of the team, which isn't the norm in this league. He's tough but fair."

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