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Murray Mania: All the chatter from a huge day in Sabreland

Craig Patrick, Tim Murray and Pat LaFontaine are the centers of attention on a big day for the Sabres front office. (Harry Scull Jr./Buffalo News)

By Mike Harrington

We've got all the angles covered in today's Buffalo News about the hiring of Tim Murray as the Sabres' new general manager and Hall of Famer Craig Patrick as a special assistant. Check out these links.

In John Vogl's main story on the day's activities, there's a closer examination of why the straight-shooting Murray was Pat LaFontaine's pick from a field that grew to 10 candidates.

My main assignment was a look at what Murray and Pat LaFontaine think of Ted Nolan and Ryan Miller, now that a GM is in place. 

Bucky Gleason's column talks about the arrival of Craig Patrick, a hockey lifer who became emotional because he gets reunited with Pat LaFontaine.

I had an interesting chat with Zenon Konopka yesterday about Murray, the only current Sabre who has played while Murray was in a front office. He was effusive in his praise.

What about the game? Not a great effort at all in a shootout loss to the Florida Panthers. But, as Amy Moritz notes, the bigger story was the return of Mikhail Grigorenko from Sweden. But how long does he stay? 

What's being said about Murray around the Web?

Yahoo's Puck Daddy blog says the new GM is no "Dawdling Darcy." Ouch.  

Sports Illustrated's Allan Muir calls the hirings of Murray and Craig Patrick "genius" decisions by LaFontaine.

In the Ottawa Sun, Bruce Garrioch has the reaction from the Senators on Murray's departure.

And be sure to scroll through previous entries on this blog for plenty of video from Thursday's press conference as well.


Craig Patrick | Pat LaFontaine | Sabres front office | Tim Murray
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John Vogl

John Vogl

John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has been covering the Buffalo Sabres since 2007. He is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association and can vouch that exposed flesh freezes instantly when walking in downtown Winnipeg in January.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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