Bylsma adds Terry Murray, Dave Barr as assistant coaches

Los Angeles Kings coach Terry Murray watches the NHL hockey team's training camp in El Segundo, Calif., Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma has the first two pieces of his coaching staff in place, adding Terry Murray and Dave Barr today.

Murray, the former LA Kings head coach, spent the last three seasons coaching the AHL’s Lehigh Valley/Adirondack Phantoms. Prior to that run, he posted a 139-106-30 record in four seasons with the Kings.

Earlier in his career, he served as the head coach for the Capitals, Flyers, and Panthers. His 499 career NHL wins as a head coach rank him 22nd all-time.

“Terry is a guys who’s been a head coach in this league,” said Bylsma. “He’s coached with and under some other great head coaches… it’s going to be a huge part of our development for our players, especially our defensemen.”

Barr spent the last four seasons as an assistant coach with the Devils. He’s also had stints as an assistant coach with Colorado and Minnesota.

“Dave’s been a longtime coach now, he’s coached for some coaches I know quite well,” said Bylsma. “He’s a guy I think is going to bring a lot to our team in special teams.”

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