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Sabres' Murray on Okposo: 'We can be a destination for good players'

It took just one talk for the Sabres and Kyle Okposo to know they were right for each other.

Tim Murray, who signed the right winger to a seven-year, $42 million contract Friday, said the first 15-minute conversation made it clear the mutual interest was sincere. Okposo topped the list of Sabres' list of free agents, and he liked city and organization.

"It means a lot," Murray said in First Niagara Center. "It means what I have felt since I got here, that we can be a destination for good players, I think this shows that we are.

"It's exciting to get a player of his caliber who had a choice of -- I won't say 30 teams -- but certainly a lot of teams, and he decided to come here."

Okposo immediately joins the Sabres' top two lines.

"I like our top six a lot," Murray said. "It's very competitive in the league."

In other comments from Murray:

*The Sabres and restricted free agent defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen are "going in the right direction" on a long-term contract.

*Murray is excited to have the chance to meet with Jimmy Vesey next week and sell the college star on Buffalo and the Sabres.

"The next step is next week go and meet with him and extol the virtues of the organization and the city of Buffalo and tell him how much we like him and we need him," Murray said.

*The Sabres are still searching for a goaltender because one reneged on a verbal deal. Murray was clearly angry with the situation, which he said had never happened to him before. A source says the goalie was Jeff Zatkoff, who signed with Los Angeles.

*Murray said Evander Kane, who is again the focus of a police investigation, needs to pick and choose his hangouts better and "behave himself." He will have a sitdown with the winger regardless of the outcome of the investigation.

*New depth defenseman Justin Falk has the potential to play in Buffalo and has been a winner at the junior and minor-league levels.

*Murray is "extremely happy" to get defenseman Jake McCabe signed to a three-year contract rather than a one-year qualifying offer.

*Cole Schneider has been working out in the arena since May in attempt to prove he belongs in the NHL.

*Murray will continue to sign depth players for Rochester who have the potential to play in Buffalo.

"We need Rochester to be better," Murray said.

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