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Audio: Sabres GM Murray discusses draft, prospects, trade possibilities and salary cap floor

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.

 

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John Vogl

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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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