Dave Barr spent one year with the Sabres. ©2016, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald

Assistant coach Dave Barr leaves Sabres for Panthers

BUFFALO – The Sabres now have two assistant coaching vacancies, as Dave Barr has left the team to join former teammate Gerard Gallant’s staff with the Florida Panthers, according to multiple reports.

Sabres coach Dan Bylsma’s first staff – one that appeared to mesh quickly and work well together – has only assistant Terry Murray and goalie coach Andrew Allen left. The team shifted assistant Dan Lambert to Rochester last month to coach the AHL Americans.

Bylsma hired Barr, 55, almost a year ago, and under his guidance, the Sabres’ power play improved to 12th overall (18.9 percent) in 2015-16.

Barr and Gallant were teammates in the late 1980s with the Detroit Red Wings.

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