A new era for the Buffalo Sabres officially began Thursday.
But in the first game with Tim Murray as the new general manager, the Sabres fell 2-1 to the Florida Panthers in the shootout. Brad Boyes scored the equalizer for Florida in the third period, and then scored the only goal in the deciding skills competition.
“It’s tough to win with this team,” said Sabres’ goalie Jhonas Enroth afterward, as per John Vogl of the Buffalo News. Enroth is now 1-8-4 on the season.
The Sabres remain well down at the bottom of the NHL standings, with only 12 wins and 29 points in 43 games.
The club announced the hiring of Murray on Thursday morning. Based on the results this season, it would appear there is a lot of work ahead in order to set the Sabres back on a winning path.
“We judge every day, and you want to make better judgments every day versus making poor judgments,” said Murray.
The Calgary Flames have released Ryan Wilson from his professional tryout.
The 28-year-old was trying to make a comeback after missing 79 games with a shoulder injury last season.
Even with T.J. Brodie sidelined because of a broken hand, Wilson still faced long odds to make the final roster.
The veteran will be hard-pressed to find NHL work with another team.
He hasn’t suited up in more than 12 regular season games since 2011-12.
The Stockton Heat, Calgary’s AHL affiliate, also made some news on Sunday.
The club announced that they’ve signed Colton Orr to an AHL contract.
The 33-year-old tough guy suited up in just one game for the Toronto Maple Leafs last season. He has 12 seasons of NHL experience under his belt.
The Arizona Coyotes have returned Dylan Strome to the Erie Otters of the OHL.
Strome, 18, was the third overall pick in the 2015 NHL draft.
The 6’3, 185 pounder was hoping to stick with the Coyotes this season, but the team decided to take the conservative approach with their top prospect.
Strome will look to build off an incredible junior season that saw him score 45 goals and 129 points in 68 games.
Strome seems to be taking the demotion in stride.
The team also announced that they’ve assigned goaltender Louis Domingue and forward Matthias Plachta to their AHL affiliate in Springfield.
Domingue, 23, had a 1-2-1 record with a 2.73 goals-against-average and a .911 save percentage in seven games last season.
Plachta, a free agent signing, will begin his first pro season in North America. The 24-year-old had 14 goals and 35 points in the German League last season.