The Buffalo Sabres announced on Thursday, June 18 that Terry Murray and Dave Barr have joined the coaching staff as assistants to head coach Dan Bylsma. Dan Bylsma was hired as the new head coach on May 28. Terry Murray is the uncle of general manager Tim Murray.
Terry Murray returns to the NHL after spending the last three seasons as the head coach of the Lehigh Valley/Adirondack Phantoms. Prior to coaching the Phantoms was the head coach of the Los Angeles Kings from July 17, 2008 until his firing on December 12, 2011. During his time with the Kings, Murray compiled a 139-106-30 record. At the time of his dismissal, Murray ranked third in Kings’ franchise history with in wins, fourth in games coached (275), and first in winning percentage (.560).
Murray started his coaching career in the NHL as an assistant with the Washington Capitals in the 1983-1984 season, before becoming their head coach in 1989, where he would remain until 1994. He then coached the Philadelphia Flyers from 1994 to 1997, and the Florida Panthers from 1998 until 2000. He would then return to the Flyers as a scout from 2000 to 2003, and then as an assistant coach from 2004 to 2008. In 15 seasons as an NHL head coach, Murray compiled a 499-383-130, and his 1,012 regular-season games as head coach rank him 20th all-time in NHL history. He also recorded a 50-51 record in 101 playoff games, and led the Flyers to the Stanley Cup Final in 1997, in a losing effort to the Detroit Red Wings.
Dave Barr served as an assistant coach with the New Jersey Devils from 2011 through this past season. He was previously an assistant coach for the Colorado Avalanche during the 2008-2009 season and for the Minnesota Wild during the 2010-2011 season. He also was the head coach of the Guelph Storm of the Ontario Hockey League from 2004 to 2008, winning the Matt Leyden Trophy in 2005-06 as the OHL’s Coach of the Year.
Barr also played 13 years in the NHL from 1981 to 1994, spending time with the Detroit Red Wings, St. Louis Blues, New Jersey Devils, Hartford Whalers, Dallas Stars, Boston Bruins, and New York Rangers. In 614 career games, Barr recorded 128 goals and 204 assists for 332 total points, while also amassing 520 penalty minutes and a plus-84 rating.
The next orders of business for the Sabres will be hiring a coach for the Rochester Americans, as well as the upcoming NHL draft on June 26, in which the Sabres are expected to select American born center Jack Eichel out of Boston University.