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"After reviewing the past season and looking at the future of our organization, Kim and I have made a decision to relieve General Manager Tim Murray and Head Coach Dan Bylsma of their duties".

Dan Bylsma was sacked Thursday by the Buffalo Sabres as part of a housecleaning by owner Terry Pegula.

Murray was hired in 2014 to install a rebuilding plan, the centrepiece of which was ensuring Buffalo would have the best possible chance of drafting phenom Connor McDavid in 2015.

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. I want to be a Sabre and I want to be a Sabre for a long time and I want to be a part of Buffalo when we win.

The team has fired the duo after missing the playoffs for the sixth straight season. Murray said Bylsma needed to be more demanding of his players, and noted players needed to be more accountable after a season in which the team collapsed during a 1-5-2 skid that essentially knocked the Sabres out of contention in mid-February. Bylsma took the helm the next year, replacing Ted Nolan. The 46-year-old also spent six seasons with the Pittsburgh Penguins from 2008-14, winning a Stanley Cup title in his first year.

Murray, who met with Pegula on Wednesday, has been Buffalo's general manager since January 2014. "And I personally have to make more demands of myself".

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