The Buffalo Sabres have fired general manager Tim Murray and coach Dan Bylsma after the youthful team missed the playoffs for a sixth consecutive season. Though he backed Bylsma in returning for a third season, Murray cautioned that the decision was ultimately Pegula's.
General manager Tim Murray ran out of time to rebuild the Buffalo Sabres into a contender.
The Buffalo Sabres finished last in the Atlantic Division this season, compiling a record of 33-37-12. Before joining the Sabres, he began his career in Pittsburgh and coached the Penguins to a Stanley Cup victory in his first season with the team in 2008-09.
Murray, 53, had served as general manager since January 2014 but failed to make significant progress during the franchise's rebuilding seasons.
Pegula has owned the Sabres since June 2011.
His most well-received move was drafting Jack Eichel with the number two overall pick in 2015's draft.
The Sabres, however, were relatively healthy in mid-February when a 2-8-2 skid knocked them out of contention. He led the team to the postseason in each of the next five season before being fired after the 2013-14 season. 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 second-year forward, however, denied trying to force out Bylsma, 46, on Wednesday.