Archives for June 2014

Sabres buy out Ehrhoff’s contract

‘“The fact that he quite frankly doesn’t want to be here makes it easy,” Murray told The News. “I’ve said at the start that if you don’t want to be here we’ll make it happen. He’s made, I believe, $22 million in three years and feels that we’re not going in the right direction, but he really hasn’t had much part in the direction the team has gone. So time to move on.”’

Murray puts his imprint on Sabres

‘“He’s a no-nonsense kind of guy, as you know,” Ottawa GM Bryan Murray, Tim’s uncle and former boss, said after the draft. “It looked like just watching and talking to a few people, it looked to me like they were organized, knew what they wanted and went about doing it. There’s no question in my mind Tim’s an outstanding evaluator, and that team will turn around fairly quickly.”’

Christian Ehrhoff wasn’t expecting buyout from Sabres

‘“We had never discussed a possibility of a compliance buyout,” Richard Curran, Ehrhoff’s agent, told the Times Herald by phone. “So was I surprised this morning when I woke up and realized that was the solution to their problem? Yeah, certainly.”’

Reinhart selected 2nd overall at NHL Draft

‘Reinhart becomes the highest drafted member of his family, as Griffin went fourth overall (NY Islanders, 2012) and Max went 64th overall (Calgary Flames, 2010), while dad Paul Reinhart went 12th overall (Atlanta Flames, 1979).’

Sabres buy out D Christian Ehrhoff

‘By buying out Ehrhoff and Leino, the Sabres parted ways with Darcy Regier’s last two major acquisitions as general manager. Regier was fired in November after 17 years with the Sabres.’

Sabres buy out D Ehrhoff

‘According to, the German will get $857,143 a year over the next 14 years in the buyout, which won’t count against the Sabres’ cap.’

Sabres buying out Ehrhoff

‘Ehrhoff, who turns 32 on Friday, had seven years left on a 10-year, $40 million contract.’

Sabres GM was in no lose situation

‘ I was hoping they would take a forward, as I’m sure most of you were, and I didn’t really have a strong feeling on any of the top three which is why Murray was in that “no lose” situation. No matter who the Sabres selected, they were going to get a player who should turn out to be a top six forward, something they desperately need.’

Sabres use compliance buyout on Ehrhoff

‘John Vogl was lucky enough to be on Tim Murray’s plane Sunday morning when this news broke. Murray told John that Ehrhoff’s desire not to be a part of this team and his inability to improve this team are huge.’

Brynäsgatan goalie drafted by Buffalo: ‘Awesome’

‘Had you had any sense prior to Buffalo was interested? No, nothing. When I was over and did the tests at the NHL Draft Combinen in Toronto I talked to very many teams, but I got no sense that any team was more hungry than anything else.’

Linemates Cornel, Ritchie share NHL dream

‘Cornel said there is lots to like about Buffalo. “It’s a pretty good hockey town. I think of good fans and it’s pretty close to the Canadian border which is comforting,” he said. “It’s a young team that is rebuilding which is kind of exciting as a young guy trying to fit into the franchise.”’

Sabres draftee Lemieux models game after his father Claude

‘“I definitely want to follow in his footsteps and want to be that guy that can step up in the playoffs and really be that playoff performer. To me, that’s what’s most important is the postseason. I want to come up big when it counts.”’

Murray, scouts focus on taking high-end talents

‘“I put an emphasis on not hearing my scouts say his upside is third line,” Murray said Saturday in Wells Fargo Center. “We do that all the time. I did it as a scout. We love players like that, and they’re good players. We have players like that, guys in our organization that have the potential to be third- and fourth-line guys.’

Sabres third-round pick Martin praises Reinhart’s skills

‘“He’s definitely a special player,” said Martin, who opposed Reinhart in both the Western Hockey League and the CHL Top Prospects Game. “I saw the clip up there of the first round when they were showing all his highlights and I remember him putting me down a minus in the prospects game. So I’m happy I’m a part of this organization and I don’t have to play against him.”’

Hockey runs in family tree of many Sabre picks

‘“It just happens we’re seeing a generation of ex-players’ sons who maybe the father paid more attention to and hockey was more important,” Murray said after Saturday’s session at Wells Fargo Center. “These parents are hands-on, taking their kids to the dressing room. The NHL has changed, become more of a family atmosphere.”’