Sabres fire GM Tim Murray, coach Dan Bylsma

Buffalo is cleaning house after missing the playoffs for the sixth straight year.

After missing the playoffs for the sixth straight year, the Buffalo Sabres will start next season with a clean slate.

The team on Thursday announced that general manager Tim Murray and coach Dan Bylsma have been fired.

“After reviewing the past season and looking at the future of our organization, Kim [Pegula] and I have decided to relieve General Manager Tim Murray and Head Coach Dan Bylsma of their duties," owner Terry Pegula said in a statement. "We want to thank Tim and Dan for their hard work and efforts that they have put in during their tenures with the club. We wish them luck. We have begun the process to fill these positions immediately.”

Murray, 53, had served as general manager since January 2014 but failed to make significant progress during the franchise's rebuilding seasons.

Bylsma, 46, spent the past two seasons behind the bench and finished his tenure in Buffalo with a 68-73-23 record. 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. He led the team to the postseason in each of the next five season before being fired after the 2013-14 season.

Recent reports suggested star center Jack Eichel would refuse to sign an extension with the Sabres if Bylsma remained coach, though Eichel's agent denied those reports. The former No. 2 pick in the 2015 draft has one year remaining on his entry-level contract.

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