Friday, January 8, 2016

GM Tim Murray: Year-Two Trades and Transactions for the Buffalo Sabres

Reprinted with permission from

On January 9, 2014 former Sabres President of Hockey Operations Pat LaFontaine hired Tim Murray, then assistant general manager for the Ottawa Senators, as the new GM of the Buffalo Sabres.

A chronological listing of his trades and transactions from his first year as general manager can be found here.

Here is Year-Two:

January 5, 2016Mark Pysyk and Robin Lehner sent to Rochester for conditioning stints.

December 18, 2015:  Sabres send Cal O'Reilly to Rochester.

December 5, 2015Cal O'Reilly recalled from Rochester.

October 27, 2015Evander Kane injured, Sabres recall Tim Schaller.

October 23, 2015Nathan Lieuwen sent to Rochester, Linus Ullmark recalled.

October 13, 2015Brendan Guhle sent to Prince Albert.

October 12, 2015Jake McCabe recalled from Rochester.

October 10, 2015:  Goalie Nathan Lieuwen recalled from Rochester after Robin Lehner suffers injury in first game of the season.

October 10, 2015:  After being a healthy scratch for the season opener, Jake McCabe was sent to the Rochester Americans.

October 3, 2015Jason Akeson assigned to Rochester.

September 27, 2015:  Ten players sent to Rochester:   Justin Bailey, Nicholas Baptiste, Jean Dupuy, William Carrier, Daniel Catenacci, Justin Kea, Jack Nevins, Andrey Makarov. Phil Varone and Jerry D'Amigo need to clear waivers. Matt Garbowsky and Matt Prapavessis were released from their tryouts and reported to Rochester.

September 24, 2015:  Training camp roster trimmed to 50. Colin Jacobs was loaned to Rochester and Eric Cornel was sent to his junior club, the Peterborough Petes. Josh Chapman, Spiro Goulakos, Keegan Asmundson and C.J. Motte were released

September 10, 2015:  Defenseman Cody Franson signs two-year deal with Buffalo.

July 28, 2015Randy Cunneyworth named head coach of the Rochester Americans.

July 27, 2015:  Buffalo signs D, Brendan Guhle to a three-year, entry-level contract.

July 27, 2015:  The Buffalo Sabres name Russ Brandon team president. Brandon had been with the Buffalo Bills since 1997 and was named team president in 2013. Bills and Sabres owners Terry and Kim Pegula' umbrella company, Pegula Sports and Entertainment, now have one president for both of their major sports teams. The Sabres and former team president, Ted Black, who had been with the team since Terry Pegula bought the team, mutually agree to part ways.

July 23, 2015Jerry D'Amigo signs one-year, two-way deal.

July 21, 2015Johan Larsson signs one-year deal.

July 16, 2015Tim Schaller, Jerome Leduc and Nathan Lieuwen sign qualifying offers.

July 14, 2015:  Sabres sign Mark Pysyk to a two-way contract.

July 13, 2015Phil Varone signed to a one year, two-way contract.

July 10, 2015Andrew Allen is hired as goaltending coach.

July 6, 2015:  Buffalo adds assistant coach Dan Lambert to Dan Bylsma's coaching staff.

July 3, 2015:  Buffalo signs Cal O'Reilly, brother of Sabres center Ryan, to a two-year contract.

July 3, 2015:  Defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo signs one-year contract.

July 3, 2015 Ryan O'Reilly signs seven year / $52.5M contract extension with Buffalo.

July 2, 2015:  Sabres sign veteran d-man Bobby Sanguinetti to one-year, two-way contract.

July 1, 2015Buffalo signs forward Jason Akeson and defenseman Matt Donovan to one-year contracts.

July 1, 2015Jack Eichel signs three-year, entry-level contract.

June 29, 2015:  Seven RFA's tendered offersJohan Larsson, Tim Schaller, Phil Varone, Jerome Leduc, Mark Pysyk, Nathan Lieuwen

June 27, 2015:  In rounds 2-7 of the 2015 NHL Draft, Buffalo selects D, Brendan Guhle (51st,) D, Will Borgen (92nd,) D, Devante Stephens (122nd,) C, Giorgio Estephan (152nd) and D, Ivan Chukarov (182nd.)

June 26, 2015:  Buffalo trades D, Nikita Zadorov, F, Mikhail Grigorenko, forward prospect JT Compher (2013, 35th overall) and the 31st pick of the 2015 NHL Draft to the Colorado Avalanche for Ryan O'Reilly (2009, 33rd) and Jamie McGinn (2006, 36th, SJS.) Colorado traded that pick to San Jose' who selected D, Jeremy Roy.

June 26, 2015:  Buffalo selects Boston University center Jack Eichel with the 2nd-overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft.

June 26, 2015Buffalo trades the 21st pick in the 2015 NHL Draft to the Ottawa Senators, Tim Murray's former team, for goalie Robin Lehner and veteran forward David Legwand. The Sabres were reportedly in the market for a goalie since early June. The Sens would eventually use the pick on Colin White.

June 18, 2015Terry Murray and Dan Barr are hired as assistant coaches for the Buffalo Sabres

June 17, 2015:  Sabres announce the hiring of Adam Mair and Krys Barch as developmental coaches.

May 28, 2015Sabres announce the hiring of Dan Bylsma as the teams 17th head coach. The contract is reported as being five years at $3 million per year. TSN's Craig Button likes the choice.

April 22, 2015:  Buffalo signs Boston College free agent forward Evan Rodrigues to a two-year, entry-level contract. The Etobicoke, Ontario native is 5'11" 176 lbs. and was on Jack Eichel's wing last season when he scored 61 points (21+40) and finished his four-year career at BU with 121 points (42+79) in 146 games played for an 0.83 points-per-game average

April 12, 2015:  Head coach Ted Nolan and assistant coach Danny Flynn were fired. Assistant coaches Bryan Trottier and Tom Coolen did not have their contracts renewed.

April 9, 2015:  F, Sam Reinhart (2014, 2nd overall) signs ATO and is assigned to Rochester.

April 6, 2015:  F, Eric Cornel (2014, 44th overall) and D Brycen Martin (2014, 74th) sign ATO's with Rochester.

Between February 11th and March 2nd, seven 2014-15 roster players were traded away with three players coming back--Bogosian, Lindback and Johnson. (Kane was out for the year)

March 2, 2015: Trade deadline day. F, Brian Flynn traded to Montreal for a 2016 5th round pick. G, Michal Neuvirth traded to the NY Islanders for G, Chad Johnson (2006, 125th-overall) and a conditional 2016 3rd round pick (the higher of the Isles two 3rd-rounders, VAN.) F, Torrey Mitchell traded to Montreal for F, Jack Nevins (2013 free agent, MTL) and a 2016  7th round pick. F, Chris Stewart traded to the Minnesota Wild for a 2017 2nd round pick.

February 11, 2015:  Buffalo starting goaltender Jhonas Enroth (2006, 46th-overall) is traded to the Dallas Stars for backup goaltender Anders Lindback (NSH, 2008, 207th) and a conditional 3rd round pick in 2016. The condition of the pick:  should Enroth win four playoff games this post season while playing at least 30 minutes, the 3rd round pick will become a 2nd-rounder.

February 11, 2015:  A blockbuster trade sends D Tyler Myers (2008, 12th-overall,) RW Drew Stafford (2004, 13th,) RW Joel Armia (2011, 16th,) the rights to unsigned left-wing prospect Brendan Lemieux (2014, 31st) and the latest of Buffalo's three first-round draft picks in the 2015 draft to the Winnipeg Jets for LW Evander Kane (2009, 4th,) D Zach Bogosian (2008, 3rd) and unsigned goalie prospect Jason Kasdorf (2011, 157th, WPG.)

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