Sabres clean house by firing West Michigan native Dan Bylsma

  • Sabres clean house by firing West Michigan native Dan Bylsma

Sabres clean house by firing West Michigan native Dan Bylsma

The Sabres fired general manager Tim Murray and coach Dan Bylsma after the team missed the playoffs for a sixth straight year, the team announced Thursday.

Late this season, Bylsma benched forward Sam Reinhart for an entire game for "violating a team policy", leading to speculation that the coach and some of the team's young players were not getting along.

Pegula has owned the Sabres since June 2011. With Sean McDermott taking over for the fired Rex Ryan at the end of last season, the NFL's Bills are on their third coach since Terry and Kim Pegula purchased the franchise in October 2014. I want to be a Sabre and I want to be a Sabre for a long time and I want to be a part of Buffalo when we win. Murray said Bylsma needed to be more demanding of his players, and noted players needed to be more accountable after a season in which the team collapsed during a 1-5-2 skid that essentially knocked the Sabres out of contention in mid-February. He was sacked by the Penguins after the 2013-14 season.

Bylsma is out of a job for the second time in three years. "I'm the general manager of the team so I guess that's top of the food chain when it comes to hockey, so I stand here and take full responsibility for our position, our standings and how it finished". The Grand Haven resident is best known for winning the Stanley Cup with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2009.

"It needs fixing", Murray said.