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Dan Bylsma | Center

Team: Buffalo Sabres
Age / DOB:  (46) / 9/19/1970
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 215
Drafted: 1989 / Rd. 6 (109) / CAR
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The Buffalo Sabres have fired head coach Dan Bylsma and GM Tim Murray.
"After reviewing the past season and looking at the future of our organization, Kim and I have decided to relieve General Manager Tim Murray and Head Coach Dan Bylsma of their duties," owner Terry Pegula said in a statement. "We want to thank Tim and Dan for their hard work and efforts that they have put in during their tenures with the club. We wish them luck. We have begun the process to fill these positions immediately." Bylsma coached the Sabres for the last two seasons. Buffalo missed the playoffs in both campaigns and the team's winning percentage slipped from 0.494 in 2015-16 to 0.476 in 2016-17. A report surfaced on Wednesday that star center Jack Eichel had "no desire" to sign an extension with the Sabres if Dan Bylsma was still the coach and a day later he was relieved of his duties. The timing does not look good, especially after the report was denied so vehemently by Eichel and his agent. Apr 20 - 10:20 AM

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If UFA Brian Gionta does not return to Buffalo (which is likely), the Sabres are going to have to find a new captain.

The primary candidates would be Jack Eichel, Ryan O'Reilly and Kyle Okposo. On the topic Gionta had this to say: "It just naturally happens, naturally occurs. There’s a lot of guys on this team that lead, so it’s hard to say who." Of course if Gionta returns, the point is moot.
Apr 16 - 9:19 AM

Coach Dan Bylsma could be on the hot seat next year.

After showing some progress in 2015-16, Buffalo slipped to last in the Atlantic, 15th in the East and 26th overall this campaign. "We can't expect to continue to do the same things, do it the same way and have a better result," Bylsma said. "It's got to change and that change comes with some uncomfortable times and some unhappy people at different times. That's something we're going to keep pushing on for our team. We have to know we have to change if we're going to develop into the team we think we can be." Sabres GM Tim Murray will speak to the media on Wednesday. His job may be in jeopardy as well.
Apr 11 - 10:09 AM

The Sabres have something to play for on Sunday.

Although Buffalo is not playoff bound, the team will try to avoid finishing last in the Atlantic Division. A win Sunday against the Lightning will certainly go along way towards avoiding that outcome. The Sabres are battling with Detroit and Florida at the bottom of the table. It's not much, but the Sabres' players should want to finish the season on a high note.
Apr 9 - 9:26 AM

Although Maple Leaf fans descend in great numbers to Buffalo for games against the Sabres, they usually go home disappointed.

That was true again Saturday night as the Sabres defeated the Leafs 5-2. That makes Buffalo's home record against Toronto 18-2-1 in their last 21 games. That is quite impressive.
Mar 26 - 9:50 AM

With the NHL season winding down the Sabres may need to play exceptionally well over their last 10 games to ensure head coach Dan Bylsma keeps his job.

After a 54-point season in 2014-15, Bylsma, if with an influx of talent, guided the Sabres to an 81-point campaign in 2015-16. The Sabres are going to need to collect 11 points in their last 10 games (mostly against playoff contending clubs) in order to match last season's total. There is some talk out of Buffalo that if the Sabres fall short, Bylsma, who has three years left on a 5-year contract, could be fired. We don't if that is justified but one thing is certain--the Sabres have been a disappointment in 2016-17.
Mar 19 - 8:34 AM

The Buffalo Sabres are far more likely to be sellers at the trade deadline after the weekend they had.

The Sabres dropped a pair of games against the backup goaltenders of two of the NHL's worst teams in Arizona and Colorado. They were already a long shot to make the playoffs, but at this point Buffalo is seven points shy of a playoff spot despite having played in one more game than the second Wild Card seed Toronto Maple Leafs. With 20 games left, the Sabres would need to finish the season on fire to make up that gap and given their recent showing, it seems unlikely that GM Tim Murray would bet on that scenario.
Feb 27 - 8:43 AM

Buffalo is starting to develop a reputation as a team that can battle back.

The Sabres have erased two-goal or third-period deficits six times in 17 games since Dec. 1. Buffalo has four wins this season when trailing after two periods. Only four teams in the league have more. Now, they just need to work on getting better starts.
Jan 9 - 10:05 AM

The Buffalo Sabres simply don't generate enough offense to win hockey games.

The Sabres have scored one goal or been shutout in 17 of their 34 games this season. That's quite an unbelievable lack of scoring that has led to their 13-15-8 record in the Atlantic Division. If the Sabres are to turn this season around, they are going to have to find a way to create more offensive opportunities and capitalize on them.
Jan 1 - 9:00 AM

Dan Bylsma registered the 300th win of his NHL career Tuesday night in a 4-3 victory over Detroit.

He is the 47th coach in NHL history to record 300 regular-season wins and he is the third-fastest to reach that mark after it took him just 517 games. "It's a milestone trying to win hockey games in this league," said Bylsma. "Three hundred is a nice one to have but it's also just in the pile of games we need to win. We need to keep winning. It's nice to get it. I've had a couple nice wins here in Detroit. Add this one as memorable."
Wed, Dec 28, 2016 10:07:00 AM

Buffalo has attempted just 1,372 shots for at even strength this season.

That puts them ahead of only Colorado (1,292), Detroit (1,307) and New Jersey (1,336). It's believed that this is a product of coach Dan Bylsma's system because in his final two seasons with Pittsburgh the team ranked 22nd in shot attempts. After Byslma's departure, the Penguins have been in the top 10 and currently sit second overall in five-on-five attempts for this season.
Mon, Dec 26, 2016 10:20:00 AM

The Buffalo Sabres penalty kill has allowed the opposition to score at least one power play goal in six of their last eight games.

The Sabres will face the Bruins on Saturday. The last time these two teams played, Boston managed to score three power play goals in a 4-0 win over Buffalo last month. "Recently we've tailed off and not come up with the big kill," coach Dan Bylsma said. "You can really almost pinpoint it directly to our lack of clears."
Sat, Dec 3, 2016 10:54:00 AM

Buffalo's offense has been anemic in the month of November.

The Sabres have scored only 19 goals in 13 games this month, which is rather pathetic. Many players are responsible for this, including Ryan O'Reilly, who has scored only one goal in the team's last 12 games. . "It’s frustrating," said O’Reilly. "It’s scoring goals again is the problem, and that’s my job. I’m not doing it right now." The Sabres don't play again until Tuesday when they face off against the Senators. Perhaps the turn around will start then.
Sun, Nov 27, 2016 08:09:00 AM

Buffalo has the worst offense in the league at 1.82 goals for per game.

The Sabres have generated eight goals in seven games at home this season and the team has scored one goal or less nine times through 17 contests.
Fri, Nov 18, 2016 07:35:00 AM

Buffalo bench boss Dan Bylsma will coach in his 500th NHL game Thursday night.

He will become the 66th coach in NHL history to hit 500. "I saw the milestone in the game notes but didn't know it was coming until I read it," Bylsma said Wednesday. He owns a record of 292-160-47, including a mark of 40-43-15 with Buffalo.
Thu, Nov 17, 2016 09:32:00 AM

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PosRoleName
C1Ryan O'Reilly
2Jack Eichel
3Johan Larsson
4Evan Rodrigues
5Jacob Josefson
6Zemgus Girgensons
7Sean Malone
LW1Evander Kane
2Alexander Nylander
3Matt Moulson
4Benoit Pouliot
5Nicolas Deslauriers
6C.J. Smith
RW1Kyle Okposo
2Jason Pominville
3Sam Reinhart
4Justin Bailey
5Nicholas Baptiste
D1Rasmus Ristolainen
2Zach Bogosian
3Nathan Beaulieu
4Jake McCabe
5Marco Scandella
6Josh Gorges
7Justin Falk
8Viktor Antipin
9Taylor Fedun
10Matt Tennyson
G1Robin Lehner
2Chad Johnson
3Linus Ullmark