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05-09-2012, 11:45 PM
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Originally Posted by Psuhockey View Post
As a head coach, I completely agree. But as a dmen coach, he is very good. Look at the progress of LA's young defensemen. Also, Coburn arguably had his best season when Murray was an assistant. He even made Randy Jones look competent.
I think if McCarthy can be swapped out for Murray to coach the D, it just might work. Sutter still gives credit to Murray for helping to build the defensive prowess the Kings (still) have.

Excerpt from article:

"To be sure, the Kings’ commitment to defense first has not changed from what former head coach Terry Murray instilled in them during his tenure. In fact, Sutter recently credited Murray for his role in the Kings’ recent playoff success."

“Terry Murray is just as important to winning this series [first round against Vancouver] as anybody,” Sutter said to assistant coach John Stevens, as reported by the Los Angeles Times. “…he was a good coach. [Getting fired is] always what happens. The coach takes responsibility when players don’t perform. He put a lot in place the last two or three years.”

"Most notably, Murray put into place the way the Kings play defense, turning a team that had little idea how to play in their own zone and gave up goals in large bunches just a few seasons ago, into one of the premier defensive teams in the National Hockey League."

It probably wouldn't happen, but Murray's defensive discipline with Lavy's "go-go" attack might just work?

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