Chris Drury will likely be a general manager someday. It won’t be in the coming days.
The Sabres asked the New York Rangers for permission to interview their assistant GM, but the Rangers denied the request. Drury is in his first season as New York’s assistant GM after serving as director of player development last year. The 40-year-old is also on the USA Hockey management team for its world championship squad.
As a co-captain in Buffalo during the mid-2000s, Drury led the Sabres to back-to-back appearances in the Eastern Conference final.
Sabres owner Kim Pegula said Wednesday the team has begun its search to replace the deposed duo of GM Tim Murray and coach Dan Bylsma. She expected it to continue into next week.
Murray’s firing last week could impact the Sabres' plans for the expansion draft. He had talks with Las Vegas GM George McPhee about who the Sabres didn’t want to lose and how to make that happen. McPhee has confirmed to the Associated Press he had “productive talks” with Murray, but no deal was finalized. McPhee said he’d reach out to Murray’s replacement once he is in place.
McPhee is talking with many teams about the June expansion draft.
"If they want to give us draft picks to encourage us to take a certain player or leave another player alone, we're open-minded and we're going to listen to everyone," McPhee told the AP. "You usually build your team, historically, through the entry draft, so we'd certainly be interested in acquiring picks."