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BUFFALO, N. Jimmy Butler USA Jersey .Y. -- Sabres President Pat LaFontaines two-month search for a general manager ended with an unexpected addition. In hiring Tim Murray to take over as GM on Thursday, LaFontaine also announced the addition of Hockey Hall of Fame executive Craig Patrick to serve as a special adviser to assist in transforming the NHLs worst team into a contender. "Its comfortable for me to be in the middle, having played centre my whole life," the former Sabres captain said, seated between Murray and Patrick. "To have these wingers is pretty special." Murray has the background, decisiveness and even a hockey pedigree LaFontaine was seeking in a general manager. The 50-year-old Murray is the nephew of Senators general manager Bryan Murray, and has spent much of his 20 years in the NHL being mentored by his uncle, including the past seven in Ottawa as an assistant GM. "I think we have the next great eye for talent," LaFontaine said. "Hes earned it. Hes done every job to get to this point. Hes had success everywhere hes been. And hes going to have success here in Buffalo." Patrick assumes a role similar to the one he held the previous two seasons with the Columbus Blue Jackets. Its LaFontaines belief that Patricks 30-plus years of experience -- including 17 with the Pittsburgh Penguins -- can provide focus to a team in transition after general manager Darcy Regier and first-year coach Ron Rolston were fired in mid-November. "Craigs going to help evaluate. Hes got the experience," LaFontaine said. "Hes won Stanley Cups. Hes gone through rebuilds." The Sabres front-office has begun taking shape in the two months since LaFontaine took over. "Im on a mission to bring the right people here," LaFontaine said. "Im still not done. We still have a lot of work." Now comes improving the team on the ice, which sits last in the NHL with 12-26-4 record entering its home game against Florida on Thursday night. Though Buffalo has shown improvement in going 8-11-3 under interim coach Ted Nolan, Murray made clear he has plenty of work to do. Murray intends to continue the process begun under Regier by building through the draft. And he wont be averse to trading any of Buffalos remaining core players -- including goalie Ryan Miller. "This teams in last place right now," Murray said. "Everybody can be traded." Miller, along with captain Steve Ott and newly acquired forward Matt Moulson, are in the final year of their contracts. Another issue is the status of Nolan, who was hired by LaFontaine with the opportunity to continue on as coach once the new GM was hired. Murray is open to working with Nolan beyond this season. "Its a clean slate here," Murray said. "Theres no preconceived notions. Hes the coach of the hockey team, and Im looking forward to getting to know him." Nolan, who is back for a second stint in Buffalo, said he had no input on Murrays hiring, and is eager to getting to know his new boss. "My status has always been the same since Pat asked me to come here," Nolan said. "Im here to coach this team as best as I can. Im not worried about tomorrow, Im just worried about here today." Murray believes the Sabres have several pieces already in place, including a large stock of high draft picks and up-and-coming prospects in their system. "The cupboards not bare," Murray said. "This was an attractive, attractive time for me to just branch out on my own and try to put my stamp on the game of hockey." The Sabres could have as many as two first-round and three second-round selections in this years draft. The Sabres also have a solid group of prospects in their farm system. They include defencemen Rasmus Ristolainen and Nikita Zadorov, who were both drafted in the first round in June. Murray has a solid track record as a talent evaluator, and has had input in numerous personnel decisions during his previous stops in Detroit, Florida, Anaheim and the New York Rangers. In Anaheim, he had a hand in the Ducks selecting future star forwards Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry in the first round of the 2003 draft. "I would consider myself somewhat aggressive," Murray said of his philosophy. "I dont think it takes you two days to make a decision or two weeks to make a decision." Thats a departure from the conservative approach the Sabres took under Regier, who was criticized for being overly cautious when it came to shaking up his roster. Murrays decisiveness and directness is what owner Terry Pegula was seeking in his new GM. As for Patrick, Pegula has been a long-time fan of the executive he first got to know in Pittsburgh. "Craigs a smart man," Pegula said. "Hes probably forgotten more than most people know about hockey." Bojan Bogdanovic Nets Swingman Jersey .DeMarco Murray got his 20th carry late in the fourth quarter with a 10-point lead, not long after Dez Bryant made his final catch of the day.Sure enough, a 44-17 win over Washington didnt change Dallas post-season position. Allen Iverson USA Jersey .Tzavelas opened the scoring in the 11th and Pereyra added another in the 51st. Emmanuel Kone pulled one back in the 80th and Levadiakos missed several chances to level in the last 10 minutes.NEW ORLEANS - Relatives of New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson have filed a lawsuit opposing their ouster from ownership positions on the teams.Bensons daughter, Renee, and her two children allege in Thursdays lawsuit that Tom Bensons physical and mental health are failing — asserting that he recently answered Ronald Reagan when asked to identify the current U.S. president — and hes being manipulated by his wife of 10 years.The lawsuit was filed in civil district court in Orleans Parish. It comes less than 24 hours after the 87-year-old owner announced he has rewritten his will to give wife Gayle Benson control of the Saints and Pelicans upon his death.Tom Benson also has named his wife as a current owner of the clubs while removing from ownership his daughter and her children, Rita Benson LeBlanc and Ryan LeBlanc.In a statement posted on the Saints website Thursday night, Benson said he is extremely disappointed by the lawsuit and adds that the allegations regarding my mental health are completely meritless and their allegations against my wife equally unfounded.He adds that he will vigorously defend his decisions and businesses.Make no mistake, I will be back in the office tomorrow morning working hard, as I do every day, to ensure that the Saints and Pelicans are positioned for long-term success, Benson said. This state, city and our great fans deserve that. I have instructed my staff to have no comment on this lawsuit moving forward.The lawsuit asks a judge to block Tom Bensons new succession plan, order Benson to be evaluated by an independent, board-certified psychiatrist, and restore the plaintiffs to their positions in Benson family businesses, which include auto dealerships and real estate holdings.Sadly, the Benson family was forced to take this action in the best interests of Tom Benson and his legacy, the customers of Benson family automobile dealerships, the employees of all of the family enterprises and the multitude of Pelicans and Saints fans, said the plaintiffs attorney, Randall Smith.In another written statement released Thursday morning, Tom Benson stated that his decision to install Gayle as an owner and oust previously designated heirs to the teams will ensure the long-term stability of the franchises in New Orleans. Benson said the move would promote continuity among top management of the organizations, led by Denis Lauscha, the president of both clubs, and Mickey Loomis, the executive vice-president of the teams and general manager of the Saints.This is based solely on doing what is right, Benson said in his statement, adding that his wifes love for New Orleans and giving back to the community she loves is unmatched.The lawsuit, however, claims that Gayle Benson has conspired with Lauscha, Loomis and a select few others to systematically isolate Tom Benson and to prevent him from his usual interaction with family, friends and advisors.The lawsuit describes the photos of family members, once prominently displayed in Tom Bensons officee, being removed. Kyle Lowry USA Jersey. It alleges that Gayle Benson monitors all of her husbands emails and phone calls and controls access to him.It further alleges that Gayle Benson has prevented her husband from attending traditional family gatherings at Thanksgiving and Christmas.It also describes a more recent bizarre pattern of behaviour and decision-making by Tom Benson — particularly in regard to control of his assets — that are allegedly inconsistent with intentions he had clearly laid out during much of the past decade.Such instances included a Dec. 27 email in which Benson stated he never wants to see Renee, Rita or Ryan again and that he intended to ban them from the Saints and Pelicans games, as well as facilities of both teams and other New Orleans properties.Benson has been heavily medicated and has acknowledged to others that he has been having difficulty thinking, suffering from apparent memory losses, the lawsuit said, adding that his speech slurs, hes appeared disoriented in public and acknowledged he sometimes doesnt know his age, whereabouts or day of the week.The lawsuit alleges Tom Bensons diet rarely consists of nutritious meals but rather candy, ice cream, sodas and red wine.The plaintiffs also stress that Tom Bensons memory appears significantly impaired, alleging that Benson recently answered Ronald Reagan, and later, Harry Truman, when asked who was president.Tom Benson has not cited specific reasons why he has lost confidence in his daughters and grandchildrens ability to run the franchises. Benson also insinuated that they still stood to profit significantly from his more than $1 billion fortune.My family, including Renee, Rita and Ryan — just as they have been — will be very well taken care of after I die, Bensons statement said.Benson has owned the Saints since 1985 and the Pelicans since 2012. In each case, Benson was credited with securing their futures in New Orleans when they were widely seen as vulnerable to a move out of state by prospective buyers.Our football and basketball operations could not ask for a better owner in Mr. Benson, said Loomis, adding that nothing will change when Gayle Benson takes over. That stability creates an environment so that players and coaches want to come here.NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said the league is aware of the intent of the transaction and it is under review for the appropriate league approvals.Under NFL rules, the leagues finance committee reviews any changes in ownership structure, makes a report to all clubs, and the clubs vote. Any transfer of ownership — even 1 per cent — requires the approval of at least 24 of 32 teams.NBA spokesman Tim Frank said Tom Benson has notified the league office of his intent to transfer ownership of the team to his wife Gayle at the time of his passing. The Pelicans are anchored in the New Orleans community and with Mr. Bensons ownership have been on a path to long-term success.Greg Bensel, a spokesman for both franchises, declined comment on the lawsuit. 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