Buffalo Sabres fire GM Tim Murray and coach Dan Bylsma

  • Buffalo Sabres fire GM Tim Murray and coach Dan Bylsma

Buffalo Sabres fire GM Tim Murray and coach Dan Bylsma

The Buffalo Sabres fired head coach Dan Bylsma and general manager Tim Murray less than two weeks after the team concluded another listless campaign, the franchise announced on Thursday.

"I just want everybody to know that top to bottom in the organization, we understand that it was a very disappointing season", Murray who had been the Sabres' GM for the past four seasons, told reporters last week.

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

The Buffalo Sabres finished last in the Atlantic Division this season, compiling a record of 33-37-12. Hired after Buffalo failed in its bid to land Mike Babcock, who opted for Toronto, Bylsma won only 68 of 164 games with the Sabres.

The Sabres were supposed to be on an upward trajectory after the team bottomed out by finishing last in the National Hockey League in both 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons.

Pegula's frustrations in the Sabres go even deeper after he vowed to build the team into a victor upon purchasing the franchise in February 2011. Injuries played a role in this season's collapse, with Eichel missing the first 21 games because of a sprained left ankle. He was sacked by the Penguins after the 2013-14 season. The second-year forward, however, denied trying to force out Bylsma, 46, on Wednesday. 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. The team has not appeared in the Stanley Cup Playoffs since 2011. So I have to make more demands of Dan. Dan has to make more demands of players.