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Buffalo News Apr 16, 2014

Sabres making coaching changes as ax falls on Nolan’s assistants

By John Vogl There was no question Sabres coach Ted Nolan would want his own assistants. He has room to add them because the holdovers are out. Buffalo announced today that assistants Joe Sacco, Teppo Numminen, Jerry Forton and goalie coach Jim Corsi will not be back in their roles next season. Sacco and Forton have been offered other jobs in the hockey department. Corsi has been let go and Numminen will not have his contract renewed. Nolan took over for Ron Rolston during the season and inherited the former coachs assistants. Though there were no outward signs of struggle within the...

Sabres making coaching changes as ax falls on Nolan's assistants

By John Vogl There was no question Sabres coach Ted Nolan would want his own assistants. He has room to add them because the holdovers are out. Buffalo announced today...

Penguins' Crosby heads list on NHL awards ballot

By John Vogl The ballots for the NHL's top awards are due today. Most awards are voted on by the Professional Hockey Writers' Association, and it has encouraged its members...
Buffalo News Apr 16, 2014

Sabres lose out in draft lottery, will pick second in NHL draft

SCARBOROUGH, Ont. – Tim Murray’s expression didn’t change as NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly unveiled the Florida Panthers as the winners of the draft lottery. The Sabres’ general manager had played out the scenarios in his head during the drive north from Buffalo, and he figured someone would leapfrog his last-place club and draft first overall.He was right. The Sabres lost all season on the ice, so it’s little surprise they lost a lottery, too. They’ll pick in the No. 2 slot at the NHL Draft on June 27 in Philadelphia.“I’m not disappointed,” Murray said Tuesday night in...
Buffalo News Apr 15, 2014

Sabres GM says season ‘was completely unacceptable’

When the Buffalo Sabres convened at First Niagara Center on Monday, they did all the usual things you do when the season is over. Pack the equipment, sign loads of memorabilia for each other and charity and get dressed and pose for the team picture.But they also met with first-year general manager Tim Murray. And he had a stern message to them about the train-wreck of a season they had just completed.“This year was completely unacceptable,” Murray said during the team’s wrap-up news conference in the arena on Tuesday. “I told them it wasn’t all on them. It was on management, it was...
Buffalo News Apr 15, 2014

Murray says Sabres need to earn NHL officials’ respect

There’s been constant chatter from fans all season that the last-place Buffalo Sabres have been getting a short shrift from the NHL’s on-ice officials and when the league extends the long arm of its supplemental discipline law.General Manager Tim Murray has heard plenty of it and seems to agree. Murray revealed Tuesday he’s voiced his opinion as well, and it hasn’t been well-received in league offices.“I’ve had some talks with people in the league. We’ve had our ‘pee-pee’ slapped once here so I’ve got to be careful what I say,” Murray said, as laughter filled the press...
Buffalo News Apr 15, 2014

Official: Stadium group meetings should be open

As far as the state’s expert on open meetings is concerned, Assemblyman Michael P. Kearns is on to something by demanding public access to the inner workings of a high-level group exploring a new stadium for the Buffalo Bills.“Clearly the Open Meetings Law would apply to the board ... and its records are subject to the Freedom of Information Law,” said Robert J. Freeman, the veteran director of the state Committee on Open Government. “Wouldn’t it be better to let the public in so it can be reported objectively on what is said and heard?”Restrictions are bound to guide access to a...

RECAP: The John Murphy Show April 15

A variety of draft talk on tonight’s show. We look back on the drafts of the late 1970′s and early 1980′s.  Then switch gears to talk about the upcoming 2014 NFL Draft, focusing on the wide receiving corp. Rounding out the show is former Bills offensive lineman Ruben Brown, who is now leading the way […]
Ottawa Citizen Apr 15, 2014
Sabres GM Murray steers clear of five-year building plan

Sabres GM Murray steers clear of five-year building plan

Tim Murray’s vision of rebuilding the Buffalo Sabres involves several things.

Sabres lose draft lottery, will select second overall; Florida gets No. 1

By John Vogl SCARBOROUGH, Ont. – Tim Murray sat expressionless as NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly unveiled the Florida Panthers as the winners of the draft lottery. The Sabres’ general...
Buffalo News Apr 15, 2014

Panthers win NHL Draft Lottery; Sabres will select second overall

By John Vogl SCARBOROUGH, Ont. – The Sabres lost all season on the ice, so it’s little surprise they lost a lottery, too.Last-place Buffalo will not pick first overall pick in the NHL Draft after the Florida Panthers won the draft lottery tonight. There were 13 non-playoff teams eligible of earning the No. 1 selection, and the 29th-place Panthers won while having an 18.8 percent chance.The Sabres had the best chance at 25 percent.The draft will be held June 27-28 in Philadelphia, and Buffalo will select in the top five for only the second time since 1987. They took Thomas Vanek fifth...

Panthers win NHL Draft Lottery; Sabres will select second overall

By John Vogl SCARBOROUGH, Ont. – The Sabres lost all season on the ice, so it’s little surprise they lost a lottery, too. Last-place Buffalo will not pick first overall...
Buffalo News Apr 15, 2014

Sabres hoping for No. 1 pick in tonight’s NHL draft lottery

The NHL has conducted 18 draft lotteries. The last-place team has won it just six times.The Sabres hope to become No. 7.The league will announce the result of the weighted lottery at 8 tonight on NBCSN, with Sabres General Manager Tim Murray attending the event in Toronto.Last-place Buffalo has a 25 percent chance of winning the lottery and keeping the first overall pick.Florida, which finished 29th, has an 18.8 percent chance.The odds for the remaining non-playoff teams are: Edmonton 14.2 percent, Calgary 10.7 percent, New York Islanders 8.1 percent, Vancouver 6.2 percent, Carolina 4.7...

C.J. picked to have a big bounce back year

While the NFL.com report that the Eagles called the Bills to inquire about C.J. Spiller perked up the ears of Bills fans, you might be more encouraged about the outlook for Spiller’s 2014 season with Buffalo. NFL.com’s Marc Sessler says that C.J. Spiller is one of his strong bets to bounce back big in 2014. […]
Buffalo News Apr 15, 2014

Sabres general manager not happy

By Mike Harrington The Buffalo Sabres' rebuild starts in earnest tonight with the NHL Draft Lottery in Toronto,  after what General Manager Tim Murray admitted was an "unacceptable" last-place season. Murray and coach Ted Nolan met with reporters today in a wrap to the Sabres' 21-51-10 trainwreck of a season, the worst by an NHL team in 14 years. And Murray was frank in his assessment of what happened and what he'll do going forward. He said he pulled no punches when he met with his players yesterday prior to the taking of the annual team photo. "This year was completely unacceptable,"...

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