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Sabres GM Murray has ‘second guessed everything’ since uncle’s cancer diagnosis

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Buffalo Sabres newly appointed general managaer Tim Murray speaks at a press conference at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, N.Y., Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014. Murray, who spent the past seven seasons as the Senators assistant GM, takes over the task of rebuilding Ottawa’s Atlantic Division rival. (AP Photo/The Buffalo News, Harry Scull Jr.) TV OUT; MAGS OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT; BATAVIA DAILY NEWS OUT; DUNKIRK OBSERVER OUT; JAMESTOWN POST-JOURNAL OUT; LOCKPORT UNION-SUN JOURNAL OUT; NIAGARA GAZETTE OUT; OLEAN TIMES-HERALD OUT; SALAMANCA PRESS OUT; TONAWANDA NEWS OUT


Tim Murray had been the Ottawa Senators assistant general manager for roughly seven years when he left his uncle and boss, Bryan Murray, in January to join the Buffalo Sabres as their general manager. It is the job he wanted and worked his entire career to obtain, but since Bryan was diagnosed with cancer in June, Tim has struggled with his decision to leave.

“I’ve quite frankly have second guessed everything that has gone on since..and [Bryan] knows that too,” Tim Murray told TSN. “What’s happened has happened and I’m here, but under different circumstances - certainly if I knew that earlier, I wouldn’t have been very anxious to be out the door. I would have been quite content to know that I would have been his assistant for as long as he wanted.”

Bryan Murray recently revealed that he is in a battle that he will not win. His goal, as he put it, is to “keep it going as long as we can, be as healthy as we can for that time, and enjoy what we have as we do it.”

Tim and Bryan speak regularly and while Tim starts the conversations by saying that they won’t talk about hockey, Bryan often eventually steers the discussion in that direction.

“The last 5 minutes always comes back to hockey and a couple of tips for me with the situation that I’m in,” Tim said. “I can get emotional or frustrated and he can always help bring me back.”

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