Murray meets with ownership on Wednesday

GM meeting with Pegulas in Buffalo

Paul Hamilton
April 19, 2017 - 10:29 am

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(WGR 550) - Buffalo Sabres general manager Tim Murray said last Wednesday that he would be meeting with the Pegulas this week and today is the day.  The meeting, originally scheduled to be held in Florida, is now being held in Buffalo.

Jeremy White correctly reported that Murray is in meetings that are taking place today.

Murray said last week that he had just finished his exit meeting with Jack Eichel that day and that was the last meeting. I think you know Eichel would not be shy during that meeting because he knows he can say anything he wants since this rebuild was all about getting him and the second overall pick the year before.

We’ve been reporting for most of this season that Eichel is not happy with head coach Dan Bylsma or his system, and Eichel would say many times during the season, “I’m not the coach.”

Murray said last Wednesday, “As I say every day, he’s my coach today and I’m the general manager today.”

“There’s going to be a review top to bottom, I have to meet with ownership next week in Florida, I’m sure I’m going to be reviewed and after that, I’ll come back and if am still here, I’ll deliver my thoughts to our head coach and our coaching staff.”

“I am the general manager today, he is the coach today, I haven’t had any thoughts of firing him up to this point and the reason I always say today is something could happen tomorrow, so he’s the coach, yes”

Inside sources have told me that Eichel has no desire to sign a contract extension this summer if Bylsma remains the coach, so quite a bit hinges on this meeting. Eichel's agent has told WGRZ's Adam Benigni, "He is 100 percent on board assuming negotiations go well." Eichel's agent Peter Fish added that Bylsma's status has nothing to do with it. Fish also told Adam, "Bottom line...He's a competitor. He's pissed his team isn't in the playoffs. He places most of the burden on himself."

Fish told The Buffalo News' John Vogl, "The whole situation is very misunderstood."


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