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Ted Sator, who led the Buffalo Sabres to a pair of third-place finishes but was unable to get the team past the first round of the playoffs, was fired.

Sator, who succeeded Craig Ramsay as coach in December, 1986, had a 96-89-22 with the Sabres. He led the team to third-place finishes in the Adams Division in both of his full seasons as coach, but the Sabres were eliminated in the first round both times by the Boston Bruins.Last season, the Sabres finished 38-35-7, but lost in the playoffs to the Bruins after going 5-0-3 against Boston in the regular season.