The Buffalo Sabres announced Thursday morning that they have hired Dave Barr and Terry Murray to serve as assistant coaches on Dan Bylsma’s staff. Both have NHL coaching experience, Barr as an assistant with Colorado, Minnesota and New Jersey and Terry Murray most recently as head coach with the Los Angeles Kings. Murray was fired in December of the 2011-12 season and replaced by Darryl Sutter, who ultimately guided to the Kings to their first Stanley Cup championship that season.
Terry is the brother of Bryan Murray, current GM of the Ottawa Senators and the Uncle to Tim, Buffalo’s GM. Terry Murray was originally on the list of coaching candidates prior to the Sabres naming Bylsma as head coach last month.
Murray began his NHL coaching career with the Washington Capitals back in 1982 as an assistant working under his brother Bryan. That was the first time two brothers worked together on the bench at the NHL level. Ultimately Terry Murray would replace his brother Bryan during the 1989-90 season. He then guided the Caps to the Eastern Conference Finals losing out to the Boston Bruins in four straight. Murray was replaced by former Sabres defenseman Jim Schoenfeld during the 1993-94 season.
His next head coaching job in the NHL was with the Philadelphia Flyers. It was there in which he assembled one of the fiercest lines ever in hockey, known as the “Legion of Doom” with Eric Lindros, John LeClair and Mikael Renberg. He led the Flyers to the 1997 SCF but were swept by Detroit. He was fired afterwards. I reached out to Sam Donnellon and Sam Carchidi of the Philly Daily News about the hiring; “Terry really good defensively, solid coach. Lacks some personality, but maneuvered deftly through that Lindros era and got them to the Finals” said Donnellon adding “Will always be known here for calling his team chokers on the eve of being swept by Detroit”. Carchidi says of Murray “Great hockey man and a class act whom I thought would have helped Hakstol (referring to recently hired Flyers head coach Dave Hakstol) with his transition to the NHL.”
The Flyers have hired nine coaches since. He stayed on as a pro scout until 2008, before leaving to take the Kings Head coaching job.
Barr played over 13 years in the NHL for seven different teams including Boston, New York Rangers, St. Louis, Hartford, Detroit, New Jersey and Dallas. A right winger, Barr recorded 128 goals in 614 regular season games.
His first coaching stint came as a player-assistant with the Orlando Solar Bears of the IHL before taking on an assistant job with the Houston Aeros where after two seasons he accepted the head coaching job. The league folded after his first season as the Aeros head coach (2000-01).
Three years later he found work in the OHL as head coach of the Guelph Storm. He remained in that capacity until the 2007-08 season where he had Ryan Callahan and Drew Doughty. He went to work on Tony Granato’s staff In Colorado prior to the 2008-09 campaign but that lasted all of one season. He wasn’t out of work long however, the Minnesota Wild added him to the assistant coaching staff working under Todd Richards and along with former Sabres blue-liner Mike Ramsey.
After two seasons in Minnesota he went to New Jersey to work for Peter DeBoer until his firing and then Lou Lamoriello. Mike Foligno (former Sabres forward and Marcus’s Father) was also on the Devils staff.
Arturs Irbe will stay on as goaltenders coach.
The Sabres announced Wednesday that former player Adam Mair (who spent 7 seasons with the organization) was hired as a developmental coach along with Krys Barch another former player most notably for playing a checking or enforcer role. Barch spent nine seasons in the NHL playing with the Dallas Stars, New Jersey Devils and Florida Panthers. GM Tim Murray said Thursday that the Sabres needed to add more coaches to the development staff if they were going to see the rebuilding process through properly.
Mair and Barch will be working with Randy Cunneyworth to guide the minor league, college and junior prospects along and prepare them for an NHL career.