Tim Murray thinks the Sabres have a strong new leadership group. ©2014, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald

Sabres GM Tim Murray excited about moves: ‘It’s easy to spend money’

BUFFALO – Here are some quick quotes from Sabres general manager Tim Murray’s chat with the media following a busy day. Murray was very pleased after signing four players and trading for another. He’s not ready to call the Sabres contender yet, however.

The Sabres began the day $20,580,834 under the cap floor. Now they’re just $55,834 under. Yes, you read that correctly.

Murray on the floor:

You guys always ask about the floor, which I never understood anyway.”

He added: “It’s easy to spend money. You guys just didn’t have faith that Buffalo was a destination, that’s all.”

On what adding Brian Gionta, Josh Gorges, Cody McCormick, Matt Moulson and Andrej Meszaros means:

“We’re more competitive. We’ve got a lot of character now. We have leadership now. That’s important to me when you’re adding young players every year. There’s a short-term and a long-term, and the long-term is your young players, your young players become pros, they’re not just good players, they’re good NHL players.”

On Gionta:

“He’s the ex-captain of the Montreal Canadiens. Yesterday he was the captain of the Montreal Canadiens, a storied franchise, a playoff team. That wasn’t a token title. That was real. … That was legendary stuff. Now he’s a Buffalo Sabre.”

On the moves improving the Sabres:

“We have to get a lot better to get away from the bottom, and does this do it? I don’t know. This changes the mindset is what it changes. I still don’t consider us a contending team by any means. Now, the players may think differently.”

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