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Taxi! Terry Murray out in L.A.

Dec 12, 2011, 6:08 PM EDT

Terry Murray, Jack Johnson AP

This morning’s rumors have been made official — the Los Angeles Kings have fired head coach Terry Murray.

The Kings made the announcement just a short time ago while also confirming that John Stevens would assume interim head coaching duties.

The news probably didn’t come as much of a surprise to Murray, who has twice been fired mid-season (by Washington and Florida). Recently, he’s watched his team fall to 12th in the Western Conference thanks to an utterly inept offense.

LA has lost four straight and seven of nine. During the four-game losing streak, the Kings scored just six goals and now sit last overall in goals per game (2.21), five-on-five goals (38) and first-period goals (11).

That Stevens was named interim boss isn’t surprising either. He has extensive head-coaching experience from his time in Philadelphia (where he coached both Mike Richards and Simon Gagne) and had been serving as Murray’s assistant this season.

Of note: LA fired Murray while he was stuck on 499 career wins. One more victory and Murray would’ve become the 17th head coach in NHL history to win 500 games, moving into a tie with the legendary Toe Blake.

  1. gbiscottagecheesefatties - Dec 12, 2011 at 6:28 PM

    I think it’s too late and the problem is more than jut coaching… but this is a new fresh start for the players (in their heads)

    we’ll see what happens

  2. canucks18 - Dec 12, 2011 at 6:53 PM

    I realize the dynamic that it’s easier to fire one than to trade 2,3 or 4 but it seems to me that GM’s lately haven’t been holding their players accountable for sub par play. There’s always other things going on behind the scenes but players need to shoulder the shitty play one of these days instead of the coaches every time

  3. nhlbruins90 - Dec 13, 2011 at 12:54 AM

    Apparently, Murray wasn’t an ‘in-your-face’ kinda guy. Generally an agreeable guy to play for. The players will rue the day they got rid of this guy.

    Look at the success St. Louis has had with Hitchcock. The Kings will likely go in the same direction. These under-performing players will soon-enough be held accountable. It won’t be so fun either.

    Tough game in Boston tonight.

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