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Sabres clean house by firing GM Murray and coach Bylsma

  • FILE - In this May 28, 2015, file photo, Buffalo Sabres GM Tim Murray, left, and newly hired coach Dan Bylsma hold a Sabres' jersey as they pose for a photo after a news conference in Buffalo, N.Y.  The Sabres have fired general manager Tim Murray and coach Dan Bylsma after the youthful team missed the playoffs for a sixth consecutive season. Owner Terry Pegula made the announcement Thursday, April 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert, File)

    FILE - In this May 28, 2015, file photo, Buffalo Sabres GM Tim Murray, left, and newly hired coach Dan Bylsma hold a Sabres' jersey as they pose for a photo after a news conference in Buffalo, N.Y. The Sabres have fired general manager Tim Murray and coach Dan Bylsma after the youthful team missed the playoffs for a sixth consecutive season. Owner Terry Pegula made the announcement Thursday, April 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2015, file photo, Buffalo Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma looks on during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Florida Panthers, in Sunrise, Fla.  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. Owner Terry Pegula made the announcement Thursday, April 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

    FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2015, file photo, Buffalo Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma looks on during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Florida Panthers, in Sunrise, Fla. 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. Owner Terry Pegula made the announcement Thursday, April 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this March 5, 2017, file photo, Buffalo Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma expresses himself to an official during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins, in Pittsburgh.  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. Owner Terry Pegula made the announcement Thursday, April 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

    FILE - In this March 5, 2017, file photo, Buffalo Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma expresses himself to an official during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins, in Pittsburgh. 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. Owner Terry Pegula made the announcement Thursday, April 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)  (The Associated Press)

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.

Owner Terry Pegula made the announcement Thursday after spending the past two days holding season-ending meetings with Murray.

Murray had completed his third full season as GM, and was responsible for overseeing a top-to-bottom rebuilding project in Buffalo. Bylsma completed his second season.

After finishing 35-36-11 last season, the Sabres took a step back this past year. They went 33-37-12 and finished last in the Atlantic Division standings.

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