Sabres Clean House By Firing GM Murray And Coach Bylsma

Sabres Clean House By Firing GM Murray And Coach Bylsma

Sabres Clean House By Firing GM Murray And Coach Bylsma

Buffalo Sabres owners Terry and Kim Pegula dropped the hammer on Thursday, firing both head coach Dan Bylsma and general manager Tim Murray.

Murray and Bylsma's tenures with the Buffalo Sabres organization were short-lived.

Murray hinted last week that his future in Buffalo, and that of Bylsma, were uncertain.

General manager Tim Murray ran out of time to rebuild the Buffalo Sabres into a contender. They went 33-37-1, finished last in the Atlantic Division standings and will now turn to searching for their fifth coach since Lindy Ruff was sacked in February 2013.

Bylsma, 46, was named head coach of the Sabres on May 29, 2015.

Buffalo missed the playoffs for a sixth straight year. The Sabres finished last overall in 2014-15 and received the best odds of winning the draft lottery, but they lost out to Edmonton and chose Eichel with the second overall pick.

Pegula's frustrations in the Sabres go even deeper after he vowed to build the team into a victor upon purchasing the franchise in February 2011.

Murray, who met with Pegula on Wednesday, has been Buffalo's general manager since January 2014. He won the Stanley Cup in his first year with the Pittsburgh Penguins (2008-09) and qualified for the postseason in each of his five campaigns that followed.

The Sabres, however, were relatively healthy in mid-February when a 2-8-2 skid knocked them out of contention.

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