Kings close in on coach
Terry Murray is close to becoming a head coach in the NHL for the fourth time.Consider this an off the board hire in that we haven't heard Murray's name mentioned in rumours, at all, in terms of a return to the NHL. His last head coaching gig with the Panthers turned ugly after some early success, and he was fired in December of 2000.
According to sources, the Los Angeles Kings are finalizing details on a contract with Murray to become their new head coach. Murray, who turns 58 on Sunday, spent the past four seasons as an assistant coach with the Philadelphia Flyers and previously had head coach stints with the Florida Panthers, Flyers and Washington Capitals.
The younger brother of Senators GM Bryan Murray, Terry Murray is 58 and definitely a veteran of the league. He's coached 737 games, beginning in 1989-90 with the Capitals, and has a career 360-277-89-11 record as an NHL bench boss.
He's never won a Stanley Cup, but took the Flyers to the finals in 1997.
Murray also has a reputation for doing well with young teams, which the Kings will certainly be in 2008-09.
What's the connection to the Kings? Well, GM Dean Lombardi worked with Murray in the Flyers organization, where both recently worked as scouts.
Kings assistant GM Ron Hextall also played under Murray in Philadelphia in the 1990s.