By Mike Harrington
The latest entry into the Sabres' search for a new general manager is Ottawa assistant Tim Murray, the nephew of longtime Sens coach and current GM Bryan Murray. The Sabres have asked for permission to talk to Murray and received it, according to veteran columnist Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun.
Tim Murray was named to his current post on July 5, 2007 -- four days after Daniel Briere and Chris Drury left the Sabres in the moment that basically ended Buffalo's run to the top of the Eastern Conference. Less than two months earlier, Ottawa had eliminated the Sabres in Game Five of the Eastern Conference final.
Murray, who turned 50 on Halloween, would seem to be an attractive candidate for a rebuilding team based on a resume full of scouting/personnel roles that date to 1993. He's worked for Florida, Anaheim and the New York Rangers before joining Ottawa. With the Senators, Murray serves as GM of the Binghamton farm team, and the B-Sens won the AHL's Calder Cup in 2011.
This Ottawa Sun story after that season even talks about why Tim Murray should have replaced Bryan as general manager of the big-league Senators.
Murray joins a list that includes several other assistant GMs such as Jim Benning (Boston), Jason Botterill (Pittsburgh), Paul Fenton (Nashville) and Brad Treliving (Phoenix), who was discussed in John Vogl's Inside the NHL column on Sunday.
The Sabres also asked for and received permission to talk to Montreal assistant Rick Dudley, the former Buffalo player and coach. But the Lewiston resident never interviewed, as he signed a lucrative extension to stay with the Habs.
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