The team on Thursday announced that general manager Tim Murray and coach Dan Bylsma have been fired.
Murray and Bylsma's tenures with the Buffalo Sabres organization were short-lived. Murray, however, noted that the ultimate decision on Bylsma and his own future rested with owner Terry Pegula.
The Sabres found themselves in the basement of the Atlantic Division in 2016-17 after posting a 33-37-12 mark.
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. He also owns the NFL's Buffalo Bills, who in December fired head coach Rex Ryan two years into a five-year deal. 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 Sabres haven't qualified for the playoffs since 2011, and haven't won a post-season series since reaching the Eastern Conference final in 2007. Buffalo landed the No. 2 picks in each of the following drafts and used them to select forwards Sam Reinhart and Jack Eichel. Injuries played a role in this season's collapse, with Eichel missing the first 21 games because of a sprained left ankle.
"It needs fixing", Murray said. So I have to make more demands of Dan. Dan has to make more demands of players.