New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has named Tim Murray to the Rangers' scouting staff. Murray will be responsible for scouting the amateur ranks in the eastern portion of the United States and Canada and will also assist in the evaluation of potential free agents.
"Tim has a proven track record in talent evaluation serving as the head of amateur scouting for two NHL clubs," stated Sather. "His tenure in both Anaheim and Florida have yielded strong gains in the number of NHL-caliber prospects. We are confident that Tim's input and experience will provide huge dividends as we continue to build our core of young talent."
Murray joins the Rangers organization after spending the previous three seasons with the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim as the club's director of player personnel. In that role, his primary duties included supervision of the team's professional and amateur scouting efforts in both North America and Europe. Under Murray's direction, the Mighty Ducks have selected such top prospects as Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry and Ladislav Smid, all of whom performed in the 2005 World Junior Championships for Canada and the Czech Republic, respectively. All three players are listed among the Top 20-rated prospects in The Hockey News' 2005 Top 50 Future Watch. In the same publication, the Ducks top-10 prospect list was ranked fourth overall in the National Hockey League. Anaheim was the only organization to have three prospects in the Top 20.
Prior to joining Anaheim, Murray was a member of the Florida Panthers scouting department for eight seasons (1994-2002). While serving the Panthers organization, he held various positions culminating with the role of director of amateur scouting, which he held from 1998 through 2002. In that capacity, Murray oversaw the club's scouting efforts and played a key role in Florida's NHL Entry Draft. In The Hockey News' 2005 Future Watch issue, the Florida Panthers top-10 prospect list was ranked first overall for the second consecutive season. Several of the players featured on the list (Lukas Krajicek, Stefan Meyer, Rob Globke and Gregory Campbell) were all selected during Murray's tenure. He was also an integral part of the team's scouting administration when the Panthers selected current NHL'ers Radek Dvorak, Peter Worrell, Filip Kuba, Marcus Nilson, Oleg Kvasha, Kristian Huselius, Jaroslav Spacek, Denis Shvidki, Niklas Hagman, Ivan Novoseltsev, Steven Weiss and Jay Bouwmeester.
Before his tenure with Florida, Murray served as an amateur scout for the Detroit Red Wings for one season (1993-94) and head coach of Pontiac (Quebec) in the Junior B League.
A native of Shawville, Quebec, Murray and his wife, Kathy, have three children: Haley, Justin and Jared.