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12-13-2011, 03:25 AM
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LOS ANGELES (AP)—Coach Terry Murray doesn’t deserve the blame for the Los Angeles Kings’ terrible start to a season of high expectations, according to general manager Dean Lombardi.
Yet Lombardi decided Murray had to pay for it anyway.
Los Angeles fired Murray on Monday and replaced him with assistant coach John Stevens, who will be the underachieving club’s interim head coach when the Kings open a four-game road trip Tuesday in Boston.
Murray was behind the long-struggling Kings’ bench for their best moments in the past decade, leading Los Angeles to consecutive playoff appearances after an eight-year absence while compiling the best winning percentage (.560) of any coach in franchise history.
Murray went 139-106-30 with the Kings after taking over the club in 2008. Los Angeles earned 46 victories—matching the franchise record for wins—in each of the past two seasons while racking up 199 total points, the most in any two-year stretch for the club.
We could be his 500th victory if we hired him. A defense first coach who got his players to compete, I'd gladly replace Cappy with him, and I like Cappy.
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