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Sabres GM Tim Murray signs extension

Gets multiyear contract starting third full season with Buffalo

by Joe Yerdon / Correspondent

BUFFALO -- Buffalo Sabres general manager Tim Murray signed a multiyear contract extension prior to their season-opening game against the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday.

Murray is starting his third full season with the Sabres after he was hired Jan. 9, 2014.

"It's a multiyear extension. I have this year left on my deal and it's going forward after this year," Murray said. "[There's been] a little bit of talk about it, but nothing that we've been meeting on or anything like that. Just a couple casual conversations, and something that I thought for the past couple weeks that was going to get done, but maybe a little longer than a couple of weeks, but then it all came together the past couple of days."

Murray has changed the Sabres roster dramatically with additions highlighted by left wing Evander Kane, center Ryan O'Reilly, goalie Robin Lehner, right wing Kyle Okposo and defenseman Dmitry Kulikov. They also drafted centers Sam Reinhart (No. 2, 2014 NHL Draft) and Jack Eichel (No. 2, 2015 NHL Draft), and left wing Alexander Nylander (No. 8, 2016 NHL Draft).

The Sabres have not made the Stanley Cup Playoffs since the 2010-11 season and finished seventh in the Atlantic Division last season after finishing last the prior two.

"I have felt secure, I've felt great here," Murray said. "Have they (Sabres owners Kim and Terry Pegula) been supportive? I can't think of one time I've gone to them with an idea that they said 'No' or even questioned. I've felt very secure and, I guess, you're going into the last year of your deal, I guess it's a vote of confidence when you can get it done and don't have to wait [until] June 30, which is great for me and my family, obviously. I wasn't putting out resumes or anything like that, obviously, but no, it feels good and it was a pretty simple process."

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