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NHL notebook: Sabres fire GM Murray, coach Bylsma

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.

Murray had been Buffalo's general manager since January 2014. The 53-year-old said last week that the team's players failed to embrace Bylsma's style and connect with the coach on a personal level, according to the Buffalo News.

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 Columbus Blue Jackets, hoping to avoid elimination from the playoffs, will be without captain Nick Foligno for Game 5 against the Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG Paints Arena.

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.

Foligno had two points, both assists, in the first four games of the series.

Columbus trails in the series 3-1.

--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.

Matthews and Laine were the top two picks in last summer's draft while Werenski was the No. 8 overall pick a year earlier.

Laine ranked second among rookies with 36 goals and 64 points in 73 games -- both single-season franchise records for a first-year player.

Matthews led rookies with 40 goals and 69 points while appearing in all 82 games. His 40 goals also shared second place in the league.

Werenski led rookie defensemen in goals (11), assists (36) and points (47) in 78 games.

--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.

Gaunce notched five assists while playing in 57 games this past season. The 23-year-old Ontario native, who is a pending restricted free agent, has scored one goal and set up five others in 77 career contests with Vancouver.

--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.

Schmaltz, 23, had three goals, 22 assists and 22 penalty minutes in 42 games with the Wolves this season.

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