Sabres fire Murray and Bylsma

Tim Murray is out as general manager of the Buffalo Sabres

The Buffalo Sabres fired general manager Tim Murray and coach Dan Bylsma on the heels of the team missing the playoffs for the sixth straight season, the club announced Thursday.

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

The club made the announcement via Twitter this morning following a disappointing season. He will be playing in the previous year of his entry-level contract next season. They've finished last or next-to-last in their division in each of the last five seasons. He ends his short tenure 68-73-and-23.

Bylsma was the head coach for just two seasons in Buffalo.

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. "I'm the general manager of the team so I guess that's top of the food chain when it comes to hockey, so I stand here and take full responsibility for our position, our standings and how it finished".

Recent reports suggested star center Jack Eichel would refuse to sign an extension with the Sabres if Bylsma remained coach, though Eichel's agent denied those reports.

Pegula has owned the Sabres since June 2011.



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