The Buffalo Sabres hired former Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma to fill their vacant coaching position Thursday.

Bylsma, 44, was fired by the Penguins last summer with two years remaining on his contract. The Penguins' all-time leader in most coaching statistics, Bylsma sat out the 2014-15 season.

With one year remaining on his contract, the Penguins will receive a third-round draft pick in 2016 from the Sabres as compensation.

Bylsma took over the Penguins Feb. 15, 2009, and directed the team to the Stanley Cup that season but was unable to match that success during the rest of his tenure. The Penguins never moved past the conference finals in their ensuing five seasons under Byslma.

In parts of six seasons with the Penguins, Bylsma coached 401 games and had a 252-117-32 record.

DeBoer resurfaces

The San Jose Sharks officially hired former New Jersey and Florida coach Peter DeBoer to replace the departed Todd McLellan.

The decision to hire DeBoer ends a lengthy search that started April 20 when the team and McLellan announced that he would not be back for an eighth season in San Jose. The departure was announced as a mutual agreement, and McLellan was later hired as the coach of the Edmonton Oilers.

San Jose General Manager Doug Wilson interviewed numerous candidates before deciding on DeBoer, who has coached seven seasons in the NHL with the Panthers and Devils. His best season came in 2011-12 when he led New Jersey to the Stanley Cup Final, where the Devils lost to Los Angeles.

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