Buffalo - February 11, 2015 - A new day, a new report about the future of Tyler Myers. Just another day in the life.
For weeks now, rumors have been circulating that Tim Murray has been in talks with Anaheim Ducks general manager Bob Murray in regards to a possible trade centered on the 6-foot-8 defenseman. Supposedly, the two sides were ‘very close’ to a deal as recently as last week, but now Murray is saying that he hasn’t even talked to Tim Murray since November.
“The last time I talked to [Sabres GM] Tim Murray was at the GMs meeting in November,” Anaheim GM Bob Murray told ESPN Tuesday. “I have not had a discussion with him since.”
The obvious question is this: is Anaheim’s Murray just posturing or are all these rumors just that? There has been good reason to suspect that the Ducks would be after Myers, one of the more sought-after defensemen currently believed to be on the market. They’ve made it well-known that they desire to add a physically imposing, shutdown defenseman that they haven’t had since Chris Pronger helped lead the team to a Stanley Cup in 2007. Murray even acknowledged that a standout blueliner was the difference between the Ducks and the reigning champion Los Angeles Kings.
“You watch the Kings, for example, and you watch how Drew Doughty has emerged as a superstar,” Murray explained, per the Ducks’ website. “Do we have a defenseman who can be that way? When we won the Stanley Cup, we had Scotty and Chris [Pronger]. That’s in the back of my mind all the time. Where is that guy, can you find that guy, and can you afford that guy?”
The trade deadline is three or so weeks away, but if a deal isn’t made we’ll never know for sure just how close the two sides were to ever getting one done. Buffalo’s Murray has gone on record as saying that he’s not actively trying to deal Myers, but if he gets a deal that “knocks his socks off”, he’ll certainly listen as is his job.
If the hulking blueliner is going to be moved before the deadline, it’s going to take a gargantuan offer to do it. Is Bob Murray willing to pull the trigger?
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