Sabres fire GM Murray, head coach Dan Bylsma

Posted at 10:19 AM, Apr 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-20 12:26:43-04

After missing the playoffs again, the Buffalo Sabres are making major changes in their organization.

The Sabres have fired both general manager Tim Murray, and head coach Dan Bylsma.

The news comes one day after Sabres' star Jack Eichel's agent played down rumors that Eichel would only resign with the team if Bylsma was let go.

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Buffalo took a small step back this season, in a year many expected they would become playoff contenders. The Sabres finished at the bottom of the Atlantic with a 33-37-12 record. (78 points) It was the fifth fewest points in the league.

Buffalo Sabres Owner Terry Pegula issued a statement: “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. 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.”