There's been a lot of talk about teams with top picks at the 2014 NHL Entry Draft moving up or down. Unlike several of his colleagues - like Florida Panthers general manager Dale Tallon and New York Islanders general manager Garth Snow - Buffalo Sabres executive Tim Murray isn't going to dangle the No. 2 overall pick.
"I can’t imagine I would trade the second-overall pick," Tim Murray told ESPN's Pierre LeBrun on Wednesday.
Murray's reluctance to trade down makes sense considering where the moribund Sabres are in their rebuilding cycle. This is a club with a desperate need for blue-chip offensive talent, and there's no better way to land that type of player than at the top of the draft.
Though Murray isn't moving the No. 2 overall pick at June's draft, the Sabres general manager owns a handful of other draft picks that he'd be eager to deal. So long as the return is more draft picks, of course.
Said Murray, per LeBrun:
I’d like to get a couple of more first-round picks and I have those three third-rounders to us. I certainly know you can’t trade a second for a first, but you might take some money back in a deal to do that and I do have to get to the [cap] floor. There are different ways to get to the floor so I’m exploring all that.
So the Sabres are willing to take on inefficient contracts in exchange for quality futures. Presumably some of the clubs dealing with tenuous salary cap situations this offseason - the Pittsburgh Penguins and Boston Bruins come to mind immediately - will be giving Murray a call.
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