During last year's draft in Sunrise, Fla., Sabres winger Evander Kane sent out a simple tweet saluting the work of his general manager.
Tim Murray 👏👏👏👏 #sabrenation
— Evander Kane (@evanderkane_9) June 26, 2015
Kane is ready to throw more applause Murray's way this week as the task of building the Sabres reaches a fever pitch with the NHL Draft in First Niagara Center and free agency. Kane said players respect the way Murray is unafraid of making big moves.
"I don't know if I'm going to be here by tomorrow so we'll see what happens," Kane joked today in HarborCenter. "Tim is a very unique character and it's served him well. He does a great job so far of building our team and I'm sure he's looking to add and make us better. As a player, it's really all you can ask for and it's up to us to use what he brings in to the best of our advantage."
Kane said he's watching the Jimmy Vesey situation from afar without much knowledge of the Hobey Baker winner from Harvard, whom the Sabres acquired the rights to from Nashville on Monday. Murray, remember, was asked if he would use Jack Eichel as a recruiting tool for Vesey and said if he didn't "I would be a tool."
"I thought that was kind of funny," Kane said. "That might have been the quote of the week right there."
So what would Kane say to Vesey about the Sabres after learning about the organization over the last 16 months?
"Great ownership and that's very important," he said. "We're very lucky in that regard. We have really
good management and a real tight group in the locker room. I see us go us in a big direction moving forward here, something to really look forward to. For me, that's why I'm here and what makes me excited."