Tim Murray had an easy time immediately after he was named Sabres general manager in 2014 because he was taking over a team in ruins. His job called for making a terrible team worse and rebuilding the Sabres from scratch with the idea they would be better in the long run.
Murray continued dismantling the roster and made sure the Sabres finished in last with a series of moves anyone could have made. In his first two drafts, he selected players anybody could have selected. Although he has made some good trades, nearly all were deals anybody with the same assets could have been completed.
For all moaning over Dan Bylsma and the Sabres’ lackluster play of late, there’s no denying Buffalo’s inferior roster. Murray deserves the same scrutiny. The Sabres aren’t deep enough, talented enough or tough enough to push for a playoff spot. They’re on pace to finish one point ahead of where they finished last season.
The trade deadline is Wednesday. Murray has little choice but to sell off veteran free agents and maximize his return while he can. Time is running out on the season. Murray should be on the clock, too.