Murray’s drafts and trades

‘Other than Kulikov, Murray did nothing for the defense. He overestimated the talents of Zach Bogosian and Josh Gorges. Gorges can still play well on a third pair, but at 33-years-old in August, he can’t be out there with Rasmus Ristolainen.’

Pegula denies report Sabres interviewed Dean Lombardi for GM

‘”We haven’t talked to anybody,” he said. “Put that in the Jack demanded his coach be fired category. It’s a pure fabrication.”‘

3 takeaways from Sabres owner Terry Pegula’s press conference

‘But, that response begs the question: If structure and discipline are why this franchise has struggled, why are the owners now having to hire a fourth head coach in six years? If there was discord between the head coach and the locker room, who is to blame for a lack of structure of discipline?’

6 things we learned from Sabres owner Terry Pegula on Friday (4/21/17)

‘This is an incredibly important decision and one that shouldn’t be rushed, but that being said, the NHL draft and expansion draft are only two months away and free agency begins a week later — this is valuable time.’

Sabres looking for experienced general manager

‘”We as members of the Sabres organization are all responsible for our success but accountability starts with me,” said Pegula, the Sabres owner since 2011. “We are not happy with our season this year and there are no excuses. Six years ago I stood here and told Buffalo Sabres fans that the reason for existence is to win a Stanley Cup. That is still the truth. One team wins the Cup. We expected more this season. Kim [Pegula, CEO of Pegula Sports and Entertainment] and I spoke in depth with Tim and Dan, separately, and decided that our organization needed more discipline, structure, and communication in order to be successful. We will move forward with new leadership and compete in the National Hockey League for the Cup.”‘

Pegula will look to instill structure in search for coach, GM

‘”I can tell you that I was not involved in the last GM/coach search to a large extent and I regret that move,” he said. “And that’s all I’m going to say about that.”‘

Sabres fire Tim Murray, Dan Bylsma

‘Pegula will discuss the firings Friday morning.’

Just like Murray’s talks, exit of Sabres’ GM, coach came quickly

‘The players declined to embrace Bylsma’s style of play and teachings. There was talk of ignoring his X’s and O’s after victories, and there was a clear disconnect between what was shown during practice and what happened during games.’

Jerry Sullivan: A dysfunctional, dreary day for Buffalo sports

‘What next, a cloud of locusts descending on HarborCenter and its environs?’

Mike Harrington: With Tankmaster gone, a hockey czar is what Sabres need

‘As unseemly as it is, it was apparent that the Sabres’ players were going to get their wish and torpedo Dan Bylsma. Murray did that himself with last week’s outlandish news conference that buried his coach, something you just never see. Maybe Terry and Kim Pegula didn’t like that look and decided they had seen enough of Murray too.’

Bucky Gleason: Pegulas should check mirror for source of Sabres’ biggest problem

‘Terry and Kim Pegula need to come clean. They need to acknowledge that they were over their heads when they purchased the Sabres, that their abundance of misguided confidence came with a shortage of know-how, that their ownership is the primary reason for overall dysfunction, that they desperately need help.’

Jerry Sullivan’s Hot Read: One GM down, one to go

‘While this latest purge is a bold and warranted one, it surely doesn’t paint the Pegulas as a stable sports ownership. Maybe they’ll get it right this time, but it perpetuates the general dysfunction of their two major pro franchises and heightens the perception that they’re over their heads owning multiple sports teams.’

Mike Harrington’s Hot Read: Pegulas need to hire hockey czar, then get out of way

‘Which leads us to this: Job one for the Pegulas is to fix what they botched when they fired Pat LaFontaine just over three years ago. It’s time to get a real president of hockey to run this operation because the owners have no business picking a general manager or coach. Maybe it’s deposed Los Angeles GM Dean Lombardi, maybe Lindy Ruff wants to get out of coaching, maybe it’s time for Chris Drury to move up from his assistant GM slot in New York.’

Bucky Gleason’s Hot Read: Sabres’ problems start at the top

‘The Sabres spent too much money and received too little in return, and that falls directly on the lap of the general manager.’

Editorial: Pegulas’ decisive action offers hope to frustrated fans

‘Murray and Bylsma don’t deserve all the blame, but a change had to be made.’