Buffalo Sabres appoint new general manager

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Tim Murray will be the new general manager of the Buffalo Sabres, the team announced today.

Murray, who has spent the last seven years at the Ottawa Senators was unveiled at a press conference earlier. 

It was also announced that Craig Patrick, former general manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins would serve as a special assistant and advisor to the hockey department. 

Murray has also worked for the Detroit Red Wings, Florida Panthers, Anaheim Ducks and New York Rangers.

At the unveiling, Murray said: "My short term goal in the next few days is to go over (draft) lists and reports... You build a team through doing well in the draft. Free agency puts you over the top. That's my philosophy." 

The Sabres currently have the worst record in the league and are likely to have a top five pick in the draft. 

Patrick was fired by the Penguins in 2006 but talked with excitement about the new with the Sabres. It's just great to being part of this family." Patrick said, "I've had many rebuilds in my career, I was a GM for 23 years, and this is going to be fun."

Darcy Regier was fired as general manager in November after 17 years in Buffalo.

The Sabres next opponents will be the Panthers at First Niagra Center tonight. 

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