Buffalo Sabres fire coach Dan Bylsma, GM Tim Murray

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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.

Team owner Terry Pegula said in a statement that he and his wife, Kim, made the decision to part ways with Bylsma and Murray “after reviewing the past season and looking at the future of our organization.”

“We wish them luck,” Pegula said. “We have begun the process to fill these positions immediately.”

Bylsma, who led the Pittsburgh Penguins to a Stanley Cup title in 2009, had a 68-73-23 record in his two seasons with the Sabres. The team finished with 78 points this season, three fewer than in 2015-16.

“We can’t expect to continue to do the same things, do it the same way and have a better result,” Bylsma said on April 12. “That change comes with some uncomfortable times and some unhappy people at…

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