"After reviewing the past season and looking at the future of our organization, Kim and I have chose to relieve General Manager Tim Murray and Head Coach Dan Bylsma of their duties".
Murray had completed his third full season as GM, and was responsible for overseeing a top-to-bottom rebuilding project in Buffalo. Murray, however, noted that the ultimate decision on Bylsma and his own future rested with owner Terry Pegula.
General manager Tim Murray ran out of time to rebuild the Buffalo Sabres into a contender.
The Sabres ended up last in the Atlantic Division and 15th in the Eastern Conference with two fewer wins and three fewer points than past year. Hired after Buffalo failed in its bid to land Mike Babcock, who opted for Toronto, Bylsma won only 68 of 164 games with the Sabres. He also owns the NFL's Buffalo Bills, who in December fired head coach Rex Ryan two years into a five-year deal. Buffalo landed the No. 2 picks in each of the following drafts and used them to select forwards Sam Reinhart and Jack Eichel.
Pegula's frustrations in the Sabres go even deeper after he vowed to build the team into a victor upon purchasing the franchise in February 2011. The Grand Haven resident is best known for winning the Stanley Cup with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2009. Murray joined the club in 2014 and never got the club's roster to where it needed to be in order to compete in the Eastern Conference.
"It needs fixing", Murray said.