The Buffalo Sabres have hired former Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma as their next coach. The hiring was announced Thursday and came after Bylsma met with Sabres owner Terry and Kim Pegula and GM Tim Murray. Bylsma replaces Ted Nolan who was fired at the end of the 2015 season.

The Sabres also have to compensate the Pittsburgh Penguins with a future draft choice for hiring Bylsma because he was still under contract with Pittsburgh after being relieved of his duties a year ago.

Dan Bylsma got his coaching start in 2009 during his first season with the Penguins’ Wilkes-Barre/Scranton affiliate and was promoted to the head coach in Pittsburgh to replace Michel Therrien with 25 games left in the season.

Bylsma, who played for the Amerks for a couple games in the early 90’s, played in the NHL for nine seasons with the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks before retiring in 2004.

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