Tim Murray guided the Sabres through the rebuild. He’s going to stick around to see the results.
Buffalo announced a contract extension for its general manager Thursday, ensuring he’ll stay past the 2016-17 season. The announcement came about an hour before the puck dropped on the new year.
Murray came to Buffalo in January 2014, taking over for deposed Darcy Regier. While his predecessor began the teardown of the Sabres’ roster, Murray was in charge of completing the dismantling and building from scratch.
Under Murray, the Sabres drafted Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart with back-to-back No. 2 overall picks. He swung major trades to acquire Ryan O’Reilly, Evander Kane, Robin Lehner and Dmitry Kulikov. He has also signed free agents Kyle Okposo, Brian Gionta and Matt Moulson.
Murray, a longtime NHL scout and personnel director, is entering his 24th season in the league.