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January 9, 2014

Sabres hire Tim Murray as new GM

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Tonawanda News — Now comes improving the team on the ice, which sits last in the NHL with 12-26-4 record entering its home game against Florida on Thursday night.

Though Buffalo has shown improvement in going 8-11-3 under interim coach Ted Nolan, Murray made clear he has plenty of work to do.

Murray intends to continue the process begun under Regier by building through the draft. And he won't be averse to trading any of Buffalo's remaining core players — including goalie Ryan Miller.

"This team's in last place right now," Murray said. "Everybody can be traded."

Miller, along with captain Steve Ott and newly acquired forward Matt Moulson, are in the final year of their contracts.

Another issue is the status of Nolan, who was hired by LaFontaine with the opportunity to continue on as coach once the new GM was hired.

Murray is open to working with Nolan beyond this season.

"It's a clean slate here," Murray said. "There's no preconceived notions. He's the coach of the hockey team, and I'm looking forward to getting to know him."

Nolan, who is back for a second stint in Buffalo, said he had no input on Murray's hiring, and is eager to getting to know his new boss.

"My status has always been the same since Pat asked me to come here," Nolan said. "I'm here to coach this team as best as I can. I'm not worried about tomorrow, I'm just worried about here today."

Murray believes the Sabres have several pieces already in place, including a large stock of high draft picks and up-and-coming prospects in their system.

"The cupboard's not bare," Murray said. "This was an attractive, attractive time for me to just branch out on my own and try to put my stamp on the game of hockey."

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