Sabres Fire Murray and Bylsma
The Buffalo Sabres announced today the firings of general manager Tim Murray and head coach Dan Byslma.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Sabres owner Terry Pegula obviously decided the Sabres rebuild wasn’t heading in the right direction under Murray’s management and Bylsma’s coaching. Rather than building toward future playoff contention, the Sabres ended the season mired in controversy.
It was apparent the Sabres’ rebuild stalled this season. There was talk of a disconnect between the coaching staff and the players. Rising star Jack Eichel was openly critical of the club’s performance, slamming several teammates for their sub-par play in a season-ending interview with reporters.
A report yesterday claiming Eichel wouldn’t re-sign with the Sabres as long as Bylsma was head coach (which was swiftly denied by the center and his agents) may have been the last straw for Pegula. He will be looking for steadier hands in the front office and behind the bench.
Those hirings could come quickly. The Sabres must prepare not only for the annual NHL draft (June 23-24) but also prepare their list of protected players for the expansion draft by June 17.
One management option could be former Los Angeles Kings GM Dean Lombardi. Coaching options could include Jack Capuano, Michel Therrien or former Sabres bench boss Lindy Ruff.