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Sabres name Bylsma head coach

Pittsburgh Penguins v Boston Bruins - Game Three

BOSTON, MA - JUNE 05: Dan Bylsma of the Pittsburgh Penguins speaks to the media following a 2-1 double overtime loss to the Boston Bruins during Game Three of the Eastern Conference Final of the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the TD Garden on June 5, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

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It’s finally official -- the Buffalo Sabres have named Dan Bylsma their new head coach.

Byslma becomes the 17th head coach in franchise history, replacing Ted Nolan, who had two stints as bench boss in Buffalo.

The Sabres will hold a press conference at 4 p.m. ET to introduce Bylsma, who has reportedly signed a five-year deal.

Bylsma won a Stanley Cup as head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2009. He also received the Jack Adams Award as the NHL’s most outstanding coach in 2011.

The Pens will reportedly get a third-round draft pick in 2016 as compensation for hiring Bylsma, who was still under contract to Pittsburgh through 2015-16.


According to the Penguins, the 2016 “pick will be one of the third-round selections that the Sabres have previously acquired through trades with the New York Islanders and Vancouver Canucks. Pittsburgh will receive the higher of the picks between those two teams.”