Buffalo Sabres general manager Tim Murray exits the Sabres locker room after players gathered for the last time on Monday, April 14, 2014, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Nick LoVerde)
Sabres Look Forward to Next Season
Buffalo, NY (WBEN) As the Sabres prepare for tonight's NHL Draft Lottery, General Manager Tim Murray and Coach Ted Nolan took some time to go over last season and move ahead toward next season.
Murray made it clear the turnaround for the franchise will be sooner rather than later. “When you tear it down, it doesn't happen over night. But I don't buy into five-year rebuilds,” Murray said. He told players next season he wants the player to raise expectations next year and the culture needs to change. "I told them it was not all on them, it was on management and coaching staff. A lot of were on injuries and putting players in positions they weren't ready for. That was out of our hands, but as far as being ready for next year, it will be competition, and no one will be handed jobs unless they earn them," notes Murray.
“You don't have to have skill to come into training camp in the best possible shape,” Nolan added.
The Sabres will either have the top pick or the second pick in the draft pending the results of the draft lottery tonight.