John Vogl's analysis in today's Buffalo News explains how new General Manager Tim Murray has gone about trying to change not only the culture of the Sabres, but how they go about doing business.
Here's more information on how he's left an impression:
- Murray bought out Christian Ehroff's contract Sunday, just three seasons into a 10-year, $40 million contract. It was the latest attempt by Murray to correct several missteps made in the Summer of 2011. Vogl outlines the deals made with Ehroff, Ville Leino, Nathan Gerbe, Cody McCormick and Drew Stafford and what has come of them.
- When the draft opened, Murray did it in his own way, possibly a reflection of how he wasn't pleased with a typically unsmooth operating style of the NHL, wrote Mike Harrington. Murray also spoke on the draft's opening day about how he was miffed at the changes in the 2015 lottery.
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Here are the Sabres' picks (photo gallery here) and related coverage:
Listed by round (overall in parentheses):
1 (2) Sam Reinhart, C, Kootenay (WHL)
2 (44) Eric Cornel, C, Peterborough (OHL) Mike Harrington's draft notebook
2 (49) Vaclav Karabacek, RW, Gatineau (QMJHL) Mike Harrington's draft notebook
3 (61) Jonas Johansson, G, Brynas Jr. (Sweden) Mike Harrington's draft notebook
3 (74) Brycen Martin, D, Swift Current (WHL) Mike Harrington's draft notebook
5 (121) Maxwell Willman, C, Williston-Northampton H.S. (Mass.) Mike Harrington's draft notebook
6 (151) Christopher Brown, C, Cranbrook Kingswood H.S. (Mich.) Mike Harrington's draft notebook
7 (181) Victor Olofsson, RW, Modo Jr. (Sweden) Mike Harrington's draft notebook
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Think a seventh-rounder can't make a difference? Want to see how many top 10 overall picks the Sabres have had?
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Stay with Sabres Edge for what will continue to be a busy week for the Sabres and the NHL.
- Today, Murray and Reinhart meet with the media from First Niagara Center.
- The free agency period begins tomorrow. Harrington had some names and numbers of note in his Sunday Sabres notebook.