Sabres fire GM Mur­ray, head coach Bylsma

The Daily Courier - - SCOREBOARD -

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.

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