Buffalo Sabres general manager Tim Murray said Thursday he’s not surprised by the team’s performance in its first 10 games since the NHL lockout ended.
Murray said he’s pleased with the team�s performance and has no problem with the fact that the Sabres are currently riding a three-game winning streak after losing four straight to open the season.
Murray also took the opportunity to discuss what it’s like being a head coach, the team he was hired to lead, what he likes about the organization and what he wants to accomplish moving forward.
He also addressed a growing number of players, the salary cap and what it means for the franchise moving forward.�We�re looking at this as a great opportunity to get some young players to come in and we�re going to work very hard to get them playing at a high level and hopefully a lot of those young players will get opportunities to play in this league,� Murray said.�I think we�ve got some great young guys on our team and we just need to find the right way to make sure they get a lot more opportunities.�There are a lot in this game and there are a couple of things that have to be worked out.
We�ve been working really hard on that, and I�m confident we�ll be successful.�Murray said that a number of young players that were on the roster prior to the lockout had signed contracts, which is the only way to get those players to take the next step in their careers.
Murray also said that he has not seen any of the players that have signed contracts yet in training camp and that�s part of the process.
Murray�s first task will be to get his roster back on track.
He said that while he likes to play fast and play the game hard, he also knows the team has to be patient.
Murray, however, said that his first task is to get the roster back in shape and get the players back in the lineup.
He�ll do that by making sure that the players are doing things on the ice that are good for them, that they are practicing hard, that the coaches are doing the things that they need to do, and that the training staff is working really, really hard.� I�ll take a look at that first and then we�d see how that goes,� he said.