SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Tim Murray has admitted he has a problem: He's obsessed with Connor McDavid.
"I watch him too much and I think too much about him,” Murray told the New York Times. “I wish I could help myself.”
It's no secret the Sabres' general manager covets the NHL's next great superstar. Murray regularly makes the 90-minute drive from Buffalo to Erie, Pa., to watch McDavid play. Murray attended the Otters' playoff opener Thursday rather than watch the Sabres host Arizona in the opening showdown of No. 30 versus No. 29.
The final game of their two-game series comes Monday when Arizona hosts Buffalo. If the Sabres lose in regulation, they would fall eight points back of the Coyotes with six games remaining. They would all but assure themselves of 30th place and a top-two draft pick.
That would also give them a 20 percent chance of winning the NHL Draft Lottery and selecting McDavid.
"You go through a year like this, it’s tough,” Murray told the Times' Matt Higgins. “I feel bad for our players, I really do. It’s been a tough year. I’m the type of GM, as everybody can see, I’ve traded away a lot of good players for the simple fact we have to get better. Our time’s the future. This guy I call our franchise-changing player.”