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Buffalo Sabres fire HC Phil Housley

The Buffalo Sabres have announced that they have fired head coach Phil Housley. The move was announced in a brief press release on Sunday that simply stated “Buffalo Sabres General Manager Jason Botterill has announced that Head Coach Phil Housley has been relieved of his duties.”

Buffalo Sabres owners Kim and Terry Pegula issued the following statement:

“We appreciate Phil Housley’s effort over the past two seasons. He will always be a respected member of the Sabres organization, and we wish him and his family all the best moving forward. We support the decision made by Jason today. It wasn’t an easy decision, but we know Jason is operating in the best interests of the organization both short- and long-term. We are confident we share the same vision of bringing winning hockey back to Buffalo, which remains our expectation.”

Housley had coached the Sabres for two years. The team has not reached the playoffs in eight years.