MURRAY: TRADE TALKS ARE QUIET
PHILADELPHIA – All is quiet on the trade front, according to Buffalo Sabres general manager Tim Murray.
During his availability with the media Friday morning prior to the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft, Murray acknowledged that he’s tried to make some trades but no one around the League is returning phone calls.
The Sabres hold the second-overall pick in the draft and based on the conversations he’s had with his counterparts, it looks like Murray will use that pick.
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“As of right now? Yeah. I have no other options right now so that’s my plan,” he said.
Murray said he’s tried to make some moves that would bring veteran players to Buffalo who can help change the culture and bring skill to the lineup. However, it doesn’t look like those talks are gaining any traction at the moment.
“[With] the amount of talking that we’ve done in the last three weeks, for it to come to down to this and look like that we may not do anything, I don’t know if it’s disappointing,” Murray said.
“I shouldn’t be surprised. I’ve been around this a long time but it’s quiet. I think a lot of people, including myself, did a lot of tire kicking. And I thought I did more than tire kicking. I said there must be a blockbuster going on because no one’s reaching out to us right now anymore.”
He said he has received some calls inquiring about younger players in the organization, although he feels like every GM is getting similar calls.
“I’m not shopping our players,” he said. “And truthfully, I have gotten some calls on a couple of our players and I said, ‘I’ll listen.’ I’m not going to be extremely aggressive in trading young guys that we feel we can go forward with. But in saying that, I have to listen so I have listened to some of those.”
Murray hopes things will pick up once all of the GMs arrive at Wells Fargo Center in the 5 p.m. hour for the first round. But that might not give him enough time to accomplish everything he’d like.
“I’ve talked to three GMs this morning, but even late last night around 11 o’clock, I got a couple of calls and I guess we ask the same questions to each other, ‘Is anything going on?’” he said. “They’re telling me they’ve got nothing going on. I’ve had a lot of irons in the fire. That doesn’t mean nothing will happen.
“…But I have a couple of really complicated ideas so I don’t know if I can execute them in an hour. But we’ve got good people here so we’ll get it done if something happens.”
Those conversations – or lack thereof – however, don’t look to have much of an effect on Murray’s quest to acquire another pick later in the first round. He said that trade, if it comes to fruition, will happen on the draft floor.
The first round begins at 7 p.m. on Friday and can be seen on NBCSN in the U.S. and on TSN and RDS in Canada. Stay tuned to Sabres.com for complete coverage throughout the night.