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Report: Terry Murray could be fired this week

Dec 12, 2011, 8:27 AM EDT

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Terry Murray’s days coaching the L.A. Kings may be at an end.

According to a report in the Los Angeles Times from Helene Elliott and Lisa Dillman, Kings executives are looking to remove Murray from the head job in an effort to kick start a team that’s looked disinterested of late and one that just can’t score.

Murray’s moves to make the Kings a more defensively tough team have paid off but it appears their offense was sacrificed to make it happen as they’re last in the league ┬áin goals scored per game. General manager Dean Lombardi didn’t comment on any of the latest goings on, but after spending to near the cap and adding Mike Richards and Simon Gagne while paying up big to Anze Kopitar and Drew Doughty, he has to be furious at seeing his team playing so poorly.

The Kings have fallen back into a tie for 11th in the Western Conference with their recent downturn and for a team that has hopes of making a deep run in the playoffs and looking at a shot at the Stanley Cup, something’s got to give. As for who the Kings are looking at to replace Murray, the L.A. Times report says they haven’t found someone suitable.

If you’re thinking that Kings assistant and former Flyers head coach John Stevens is the logical next step, he’s viewed as being too similar to Murray in both style and demeanor. He could fill in as an interim head coach until the Kings find their guy, but he won’t be a long term solution.

  1. Jeff - Dec 12, 2011 at 9:00 AM

    NHL coaches always seem expendable when teams aren’t doing well.

  2. phillyphever - Dec 12, 2011 at 9:22 AM

    Yeah, Stevens isn’t the answer. Maybe Caryle?

  3. mojosmagic - Dec 12, 2011 at 9:40 AM

    The real question is why under achievers like Merry Terry keep getting head coaching jobs? This is a man who called his own Flyers team chokers in the finals against the Wings.

  4. ragpappy - Dec 12, 2011 at 11:22 AM

    And Yet… Joe Sacco still has a job in Colorado…

  5. davebabychreturns - Dec 12, 2011 at 12:49 PM

    It seems like a chicken-and-egg situation to me; is Murray being dogmatic and failing to help his players succeed or is he trying to make the best use of the personnel he’s got – and sticking in a defensive system on a team with three stay at home defenders and a rookie in the lineup on any given night?

  6. judahbenhur - Dec 12, 2011 at 1:38 PM

    Murray will not adjust his offensive thinking. The Kings have a ridiculous abundance of talented offensive defenseman that are great skaters. Doughty, Johnson, Martinez, and Voynov are all special talents offensively. All can rush the puck at will… and none do. This is where the team’s offensive strength lies… on the blue line, and it’s being wasted. The defensemen need to be unleashed to attack the offensive zone more often. The other failure of Murray is on the power play… how complicated is it to understand you can’t just work the puck around the outside indefinitely? Someone has to cut to the net. Someone has to crash the net. Defensemen have to break to the net. BTW… when they have executed this type of action they have been successful. This team is painfully boring to watch at the moment, other than the nights Quick stands on is head to keep them in the game.

    • babykaby - Dec 12, 2011 at 2:02 PM

      Being on the east coast I don’t see the Kings very often, so don’t know a lot about them, but this sounds a lot like what happened to the Caps last season and they still haven’t recovered.

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