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Dan Bylsma | Center

Team: Buffalo Sabres
Age / DOB:  (45) / 9/19/1970
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 215
Drafted: 1989 / Rd. 6 (109) / CAR

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Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma isn't a fan of losing.
The Sabres have progressed under Bylsma but they're still in the middle of of a full rebuild. "It’s difficult, there’s no question," said Bylsma. "We want to win every game going in. I know we’re in a development process with our team, how we play, how we want to play. The level which we want to play and compete is something we’re developing. I think it’s put us into being a competitive team, a team that should and does compete to win every night. It’s difficult when you don’t." Jan 24 - 11:43 AM

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With their 3-1 loss to Chicago Friday night, the Sabres have now gone six years without defeating the Blackhawks.

The losing streak extends all the way back to December 11, 2009. In fact the Sabres haven't won a game in Chicago for almost nine years or a few months before the Hawks even drafted Buffalo-native Patrick Kane with the first-overall pick of the 2007 entry draft. It just shows you the direction these two franchises have gone in the last decade.
Jan 9 - 9:24 AM

The Buffalo Sabres' goal scorers are just not scoring.

The team has six players who have recorded 20 goals or more per season during their careers in the NHL but only two, Ryan O'Reilly and Evander Kane, are on pace to score more than 10 this campaign. Part of the problem may be that the team's shooting percentage is a paltry 77.7%. The Sabres were suppposed to be a much improved team this season but without any significant offense the results haven't been there.
Jan 2 - 9:37 AM

Buffalo has averaged just 1.95 goals per game at home this season.

The Sabres dropped a 2-1 game to the Islanders on Thursday night despite being credited with 43 shots on goal. "The shot volume was there," said coach Dan Bylsma. "Had good looks. Had net fronts. Had pucks lying in the crease. We had a ton of opportunities tonight and we just weren't able to put them home."
Jan 1 - 7:41 AM

Buffalo's power play hasn't scored a goal in the last six games.

The Sabres have gone 0-for-17 during that span, which has dropped them to 13th overall in the league going into Tuesday night's action. Buffalo recorded just two shots on three power plays against the Capitals on Monday night.
Tue, Dec 29, 2015 09:30:00 AM

Buffalo's power play has gone 0-for-10 in the last three games.

"I have a tough time thinking about this without thinking about the 5 on 3, and it's almost still affecting us, not scoring on those 5 on 3s in St. Louis and in Dallas," Bylsma said. The Sabres had two chances with a two-man advantage versus the Blues and came up empty. Despite their recent slump, Buffalo ranks ninth in the league with a 20.6 percent efficiency rating on the power play.
Wed, Nov 25, 2015 07:22:00 AM

The Buffalo Sabres are generating plenty of offensive chances, but they are just not scoring.

The Sabres lead the NHL in shots on goal, averaging 32.7 per game, yet they are third last in scoring averaging 2.15 goals per game. "I’d like to see us execute better with our opportunities," Sabres coach Dan Bylsma. "You can look at a few of them that we had that I think we just need to be better at the execution of it. You can look at the shot totals and talk about our shooting percentage. I’ve heard the word ‘puck luck.’ We’ve gotten good opportunities and good looks, we just need to be better at the execution of it and look to five or six examples in last night’s game." You would have to think sooner or later the Sabres will start cashing in on some of their chances.
Sat, Nov 7, 2015 09:14:00 AM

Former Penguins coach Dan Bylsma makes his return to Pittsburgh Thursday night with his new Buffalo Sabres squad.

"There will be emotions. I'm not going to be moved to tears but it's going to be emotional," Bylsma said. "Even right now, I look at the empty seats and I'm gonna know 50 faces in the stands tomorrow where they sit. I know where my family sat when they were here. There's certainly going to be emotions." Bylsma was part of the Penguins' organization for eight years and he compiled an impressive 252-117-32 record as the club's head coach. The Penguins played at Washington Wednesday night and Buffalo is coming off a 4-3 overtime win over Philadelphia on Tuesday.
Thu, Oct 29, 2015 07:37:00 AM

Buffalo has not been good on the penalty kill to start the 2015-16 season.

"The penalty kill has now given up goals in four consecutive games and has two games with two goals," coach Dan Bylsma said. "We lose the special teams battle and that's why we lost the game in Tampa Bay." Against the Lightning, the Sabres went 0-for-3 on the power play and Tampa Bay went 1-for-4. Buffalo ranks 28th in the NHL on the penalty kill after five games.
Tue, Oct 20, 2015 10:23:00 AM

Buffalo Sabres coach Dan Bylsma admits that he's still trying to fully accept Patrick Kaleta after all those times wanting to "kill him."

It's refreshing honesty from Bylsma, as players like Kaleta can leave a bad impression that lingers even to their new bosses and employers. The bottom line is that if Bylsma believes Kaleta can make a difference, then the pest will get his chances.
Sat, Sep 19, 2015 02:59:00 PM

The Sabres plan to green light their defensemen joining the rush and creating offense.

It worked in Pittsburgh for coach Dan Bylsma, and now he’s bringing that philosophy to the Sabres. And it’ll start with the prospects. "Hopefully, what we’re trying to incorporate is a bit of Dan’s mentality where he wants D available to help out offensively," said Rochester coach Randy Cunneyworth, who will run the prospect team.
Sun, Sep 13, 2015 08:39:00 AM

Buffalo Sabres team president Ted Black has mutually parted ways with the organization.

Russ Brandon has been named as his successor while also maintaining his role as the Buffalo Bills' team president. "Since we purchased the Buffalo Bills last October, we have been highly impressed with the business acumen that Russ has shown with the Bills," said Terry and Kim Pegula. Brandon joined the Bills in 1997 and ascended to the role of team president in 2013.
Mon, Jul 27, 2015 04:34:00 PM

Dan Lambert as joined the Buffalo Sabres' coaching staff as an assistant.

Lambert previously served as WHL Kelowna's bench boss. He led them to a 53-13-6 record en route to claiming the league's title. He'll join Dave Barr and Terry Murray as members of bench boss Dan Bylsma's staff.
Tue, Jul 7, 2015 09:23:00 AM

Buffalo won't have Arturs Irbe as their goaltending coach next season.

"We have moved on from Arturs as our goaltending coach," coach Dan Bylsma told radio station WGR-AM 550 on Monday. "I talked to several coaches at the draft, and that will probably be ahead of us in the next week." Irbe was seen as a positive influence on Jhonas Enroth, Michal Neuvirth and Anders Lindback during a tumultuous 2014-15 season, but he will have to look for a job elsewhere.
Tue, Jun 30, 2015 11:15:00 AM

Buffalo GM Tim Murray hopes to address his defense corps during the off-season.

"I probably need a veteran UFA defenseman or I have to trade for one," Murray said. "I've been talking to teams about a left-shot D." Andrej Sekera, who played his first seven seasons with the Sabres, may be their most intriguing target.
Mon, Jun 29, 2015 10:19:00 AM

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