The excitement the Sabres felt at the beginning of the season has long since died out and now the team has fired its head coach.
Buffalo announced Sunday it relieved Phil Housley of his duties after two seasons at the helm.
Buffalo Sabres General Manager Jason Botterill has announced that Head Coach Phil Housley has been relieved of his duties.
— Buffalo Sabres (@BuffaloSabres) April 7, 2019
The move comes after the Sabres finished the regular season with a 33-39-10 record, which didn’t push the team into the playoffs. It marks the eighth season in a row Buffalo has missed the playoffs, marking a franchise-worse streak.
Overall, Housley, 55, went 58-84-22 in his two seasons with the team.
The way the season ended is a tough blow for the Sabres, who kicked off the season on a high note and boasted of a 10-game win streak in November. However, things quickly unraveled in December and the team went 16-33-8 after the 10-game streak.
Since Dec. 13, the Sabres were unable to win back-to-back games and ended the season at 13th in the Eastern Conference Standings.