The decision comes following a disappointing season in which the Sabres finished with just 78 points in the standings, worst in the Atlantic division. Sabres owner Terry Pegula released a statement shortly after the official announcement and will be available to the media at KeyBank Center on Friday morning.
Both Bylsma and Murray reportedly met with ownership on Wednesday. Prior to that meeting, a report surfaced suggesting that star forward Jack Eichel — the team’s No. 2 overall pick in 2015 — would not sign an extension with the team if Bylsma remained behind the bench.
However, Eichel and his agent quickly refuted that report, calling it a total fabrication. Where there’s smoke there’s often fire, though, and now both the coach and the general manager are out in Buffalo.