Colleagues call Sabres GM candidate Murray a hockey man

When Cory Clouston interviewed to become coach of the Binghamton Senators, he knew General Manager Tim Murray only in passing. It didn take long for Clouston to see how much Murray knew about hockey and its players.

a very, very smart hockey man, Clouston said by phone Wednesday. no wholesale nba jerseys from china one I ever met that knows players as well as Tim and can analyze their strengths and weaknesses. He very good at projecting players. rebuilding Sabres have plenty of young players who need to be analyzed. Murray skill at doing it is why he favored to become Buffalo next general manager.

Murray, according to a source, was in town Wednesday night to meet again with the Sabres brass. He one of two finalists for the vacant GM job, and it possible his hiring could come before the Sabres host Florida tonight in First Niagara Center.

Managing a team is the next logical step for Murray, who been in the NHL since joining Detroit as a scout in 1993. He went to Florida in 1994 and ascended to director of amateur scouting before being hired as director of player personnel for Anaheim in 2002. His three year stay with the Ducks included a Stanley Cup finals appearance.

Murray served as the assistant director of player personnel for the New York Rangers for two seasons. He joined Ottawa in 2007, serving as assistant general manager for the NHL club and GM of its minor league affiliate.

One of Murray first acts was to hire Clouston, who spent two seasons as Binghamton coach and another three as the bench boss in Ottawa.

from the management side of it, worked his way up, said Clouston, who coaches Prince Albert of the wholesale nba jerseys League. knows that game very well. The fact that he has paid his dues and he has worked in many different areas is going to bode very well for his success. 50 year old Murray helped Ottawa reach the playoffs in four of his first six seasons, and the Senators are in the postseason race this year. Binghamton was champion of the American Hockey League in 2011 and leads its division this year.

treated me with a lot of class, said Don Nachbaur, who coached one season in Binghamton and is now with Spokane of the WHL. organized, really understood the players. You couldn bring up the name of a player, whether it was in the American League or the National Hockey League, that Tim didn have a book on. I think he a tremendous judge of talent, and that goes back to his scouting days. for Murray evaluating skills has been universal. The Sabres are rebuilding through the draft, so getting picks right is crucial. Players drafted under Murray watch include All Star defenseman Erik Karlsson and Ottawa regulars Mika Zibanejad, Zack Smith and Robin Lehner.

More importantly for Sabres fans, Murray and the Senators haven been wed to their youngsters. Ottawa sent Stefan Noesen, a first coatround pick in 2011, and Jakob Silfverberg, a second round selection in 2009, to Anaheim as part of a deal for high scoring forward Bobby Ryan.

Darcy Regier hesitance to move the players he drafted helped contribute to cheap nba jerseys free shipping his downfall and November firing as Buffalo general manager.

Murray has spent much of his career alongside his uncle, Bryan, who is Ottawa GM. They also worked together in Detroit, Florida and Anaheim.

is such a hockey guy that been all around it, and now Tim has been around Bryan for so many years, Kurt Kleinendorst, who coached Binghamton to its 2011 wholesale nba jerseys Calder Cup, said by phone. he gets this opportunity, he do a nice job because he a hockey guy. Murrays are from Shawville, Quebec, an English speaking town in the French province. Tim is known as an edgy guy who isn afraid to challenge the opinions of others.

smile a little bit. He be grumpy often, said Kleinendorst, coach of the Minnesota Wild AHL affiliate in Iowa. a very quiet person, but then again he can cheap nba jerseys be very intense. in Buffalo could soon see for themselves.