It doesn’t matter that it took Pat LaFontaine two months to name the new general manager of the Sabres, just so long as he found the right guy.
In the end, he may have found two.
Saying he’s “on a mission to bring the right people” to Buffalo,” LaFontaine announced today that he had hired Tim Murray as GM and, in a bit of a surprise move, Craig Patrick as a special assistant and advisor to the hockey ops department.
Murray was a dark horse when this process started, generating little buzz compared to candidates like Brad Treliving, Jim Benning and Mike Futa. He’s hardly a household name, but Murray has paid his dues to get to this point. He first got his foot in the door as a scout with the Red Wings in 1993. A year later, he went to Florida where he became the director of amateur scouting for the Panthers. In 2002, he joined the Ducks as director of player personnel before moving on to the Rangers and, finally, the Senators. In Ottawa, he served as the assistant GM, as well as the GM of the Senators’ AHL farm club in Binghamton, N.Y. Murray has had his hands in almost every part of the hockey pie along the way, but his strength lies in talent evaluation — the core quality that LaFontaine was looking for during his search.