By John Vogl
Tim Murray is preparing for the NHL Draft, and he anticipates a busy week leading up to the selection process. The Sabres hold the No. 2 overall pick, and Buffalo's general manager is trying to acquire another first-round selection. He hopes it will be in the teens or late 20s.
Murray held a news conference this morning to discuss the state of the Sabres, and the full audio is below. (Find video clips from his news conference here.) Here are a few highlights:
*Although Florida is trying to trade the No. 1 overall pick, Murray doesn't think the Sabres have the ability to acquire the selection and select first and second.
*Murray expects defenseman Aaron Ekblad to go first overall, which would give Murray a choice of forwards Sam Bennett, Sam Reinhart and Leon Draisaitl.
*This draft is not the strongest Murray has seen during his time in the NHL, but it's not the weakest, either.
*Although the Sabres sit $18 million below the salary cap floor, Murray is annoyed by the constant talk regarding Buffalo's position. He feels it will not be a daunting task finding people to take the Sabres' money.
*Murray and coach Ted Nolan are comparing assistant coach candidates and will make hires when they agree on the proper people.
*Joe Sacco has accepted his reassignment to pro scout after working as an assistant coach last year.
*Murray feels goaltending is the only stable position in the organization.