April 20 (The Sports Xchange) - The Buffalo Sabres fired general manager Tim Murray and coach Dan Bylsma on the heels of the team missing the playoffs for the sixth straight season, the club announced Thursday.
The Sabres found themselves in the basement of the Atlantic Division in 2016-17 after posting a 33-37-12 mark.
The decision to dismiss Bylsma came amid reports of discontent between the coach and star player Jack Eichel. Bylsma spent the first two seasons of a five-year deal behind the bench in Buffalo.
The veteran left winger, who had played the first four games of the first-round Eastern Conference series, has a lower-body injury, according to the club.
Winnipeg Jets right winger Patrik Laine, Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews and Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Zach Werenski are the three finalists for the 2016-17 Calder Memorial Trophy, which goes to the NHL's top rookie.
Vancouver Canucks forward Brendan Gaunce will undergo surgery after missing the final month of the regular season with a shoulder injury, the team announced.
While the team did not divulge a timeline for recovery, The Province noted that it could range from four to six months.
St. Louis Blues defenseman Jordan Schmaltz was assigned to the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League.
Schmaltz collected two assists and four penalty minutes in nine regular-season games with the Blues. A first-round pick of the 2012 draft, Schmaltz made his NHL postseason debut in Game 1 of the Western Conference first-round series versus the Minnesota Wild on April 12.