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Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Sabres clean house with firings of GM Tim Murray, coach Dan Bylsma

Sabres clean house with firings of GM Tim Murray, coach Dan Bylsma

"After reviewing the past season and looking at the future of our organization, Kim and I have made a decision to relieve General Manager Tim Murray and Head Coach Dan Bylsma of their duties".

Bylsma, 46, spent the past two seasons behind the bench and finished his tenure in Buffalo with a 68-73-23 record.

Murray was hired in 2014 to install a rebuilding plan, the centrepiece of which was ensuring Buffalo would have the best possible chance of drafting phenom Connor McDavid in 2015. 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 used to be the head coach for the Pittsburgh Penguins, whom he led to a Stanley Cup championship in 2009.

This is the sixth-straight season the Sabres have not made the playoffs. Buffalo landed the No. 2 picks in each of the following drafts and used them to select forwards Sam Reinhart and Jack Eichel.

Pegula has owned the Sabres since June 2011. He was sacked by the Penguins after the 2013-14 season. Murray joined the club in 2014 and never got the club's roster to where it needed to be in order to compete in the Eastern Conference.

Murray accepted the blame for the team's struggles, but noted it had to be shared with the coaching staff and players. "And I personally have to make more demands of myself".

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