And the rookie general manager doesn’t expect it will take long to accomplish.
And he was blunt in laying the blame on everyone from management, to the coaching staff and on down to his players.
“A lot of nights it was hard to watch,” Murray said. “A lot of nights we competed hard and just didn’t have enough talent to put us over the top. But other nights, it wasn’t pretty.”
Regier, who was fired in November, was criticized for suggesting fans might have to suffer through a lengthy rebuilding process for a team hasn’t won a playoff series since 2007.
“I wasn’t here. I’m not using that word,” he said. “This is not going to be a five-year rebuild, not for me anyway. That’s not what I want.”
That doesn’t mean he expects the turnaround to be immediate.
“When you tear it down, it doesn’t happen overnight,” Murray said. “I want to rebuild here properly, which takes time. But it doesn’t have to take years.”
Murray is essentially starting from scratch after spending the past two months purging much of what was left of the team’s veteran core.
Buffalo (21-51-10) set a post-NHL-expansion-era low by scoring 150 goals and a franchise record for losses.
The team’s front office also underwent an overhaul with coach Ron Rolston fired along with Regier. Pat LaFontaine then abruptly stepped down as president of hockey operations in March, 3½ months after taking over.