Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Sport | By Scott Davis

Sabres clean house by firing GM Murray and coach Bylsma

Sabres clean house by firing GM Murray and coach Bylsma

BUFFALO, NY- The Buffalo Sabres announced Thursday they have fired their general manager and head coach.

Last week, Murray had backed Bylsma returning for a third season as coach.

Dan Bylsma was sacked Thursday by the Buffalo Sabres as part of a housecleaning by owner Terry Pegula.

Murray's rebuilding plan took a step back this season.

The Sabres found themselves in the basement of the Atlantic Division in 2016-17 after posting a 33-37-12 mark.

Who will replace Bylsma as head coach and Murray as GM of the Sabres?

Bylsma, hired in 2015, went 68-73-23 without a playoff appearance in his two seasons.

Pegula has owned the Sabres since June 2011. 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.

The Sabres, however, were relatively healthy in mid-February when a 2-8-2 skid knocked them out of contention. He was sacked by the Penguins after the 2013-14 season. 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.

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

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