The Buffalo Sabres have fired head coach Dan Bylsma and GM Tim Murray after the Sabres missed the Playoffs again, the team announced Thursday.
“After reviewing the past season and looking at the future of our organization, Kim and I have decided to relieve General Manager Tim Murray and Head Coach Dan Bylsma of their duties,” team owner Terry Pegula said via a statement Thursday morning. “We want to thank Tim and Dan for their hard work and efforts that they have put in during their tenures with the club. We wish them luck. We have begun the process to fill these positions immediately.”
Murray has been GM of the Sabres since January 2014, and was tasked with taking the team back to the playoffs—something that hasn’t happened since 2010-11.
Bylsma spent two seasons behind the bench in Buffalo, coaching the club to a combined 68-73-23 record with two nearly identical losing records. He was the fourth coach to join the team since Pegula bought the franchise in 2011. (Lindy Ruff, Ron Rolston, and Ted Nolan were the others.)
I personally think this was too soon to fire the coach AND the GM. This team hasn’t really been given a chance to succeed and had injury problems throughout the season. These two will definitely land somewhere pretty quickly.