Dan Bylsma fired in sweeping housecleaning by Buffalo Sabres

Sabres clean house by firing West Michigan native Dan Bylsma

Buffalo Sabres fire GM Tim Murray and coach Dan Bylsma

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.

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