BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - The Buffalo Sabres announced Tim Murray as the team's new General Manager at a press conference inside First Niagara Center Thursday.
Murray, a 20-year veteran of NHL front offices, comes from the Ottawa Senators organization where he served as assistant GM under Brian Murray.
Sabres President of Hockey Operations Pat LaFontaine introduced Murray along with Craig Patrick, who has been added to the front office as a special assistant and advisor.
Patrick is the longtime general manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins and a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame. Patrick has also earned acclaim on the International stage. He was the assistant GM of the famous 1980 U.S. Olympic team that won gold in the notorious "Miracle on Ice." He also won silver with U.S. team in 2002 where he served as general manager.
Murray steps into the GM position with many questions on the table, including the future of interim head coach Ted Nolan and goaltender Ryan Miller.
For the short-term, Murray says he is not looking to make a change behind the bench.
"He's the coach of this team," said Murray, when asked about the future of Nolan with the Sabres organization.
"I'm going to come in here and try to establish a relationship with Ted and his staff, but he's the coach right now," continued Murray.
"Whatever happens going forward will determine everything else but there is no preconceived notions, he's the coach of the hockey team."
As for roster moves, most notably the teams upcoming unrestricted free-agents that include Steve Ott, Ryan Miller and Matt Moulson, anything is on the table.
"If there is a market and it makes sense, this team is in last place right now, anyone can be traded," said Murray.
"I think our phones will ring off the hook here going forward on these guys, and the market will dictate what you can get for them and also dictate if you are going to trade them or not," added the new GM.
Watch the video for the entire press conference.