Sabres fire GM Murray, head coach Bylsma
BUFFALO, N.Y. — The Buffalo Sabres cleaned house Thursday, firing general manager Tim Murray and head coach Dan Bylsma after the youthful team missed the playoffs for a sixth consecutive season.
Owner Terry Pegula made the announcement after he spent the past two days holding season-ending meetings with Murray.
“We want to thank Tim and Dan for their hard work and efforts that they have put in during their tenures with the club,” said Pegula. “We wish them luck. We have begun the process to fill these positions immediately.”
Murray had completed his third full season as GM, and was responsible for overseeing a top-to-bottom rebuilding project in Buffalo. Bylsma completed his second season. Both had three years left on their respective contracts.
After finishing 35-36-11 last season, the Sabres took a step back this past year. They went 33-37-1, finished last in the Atlantic Division standings and now turn to searching for their fifth coach since Lindy Ruff was fired in February 2013.
Bylsma is best known for taking over the Penguins in February 2009 and leading them to win the Stanley Cup four months later. Murray was hired in January 2014 to oversee a team overhaul that included purging high-priced veterans and rebuilding through youth.