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05-05-2007, 05:03 AM
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handtrick, Terry Murray was fired after the Flyers '97 SCF Loss because simply he was awful. Philly had a much better team, featuring the famed "Legion of Doom" line, a roster full of big physical players and Ron Hextall in net. They were the 4th best team in the NHL that season with 103 points, behind only Colorado (107), Dallas (104), and New Jersey (104). Philadelphia was also the 3rd best scoring team at 274 goals behind just the superstar-studded Avalanche (277) and the Mario Lemieux/Jaromir Jagr Penguins (285). They were completely dismantled by a smaller Wings team, who managed only 94 points and 253 goals, in an almost embarrasing fashion in the Finals. Murray flip-flopped Hextall and Snow in net twice that series (in 4 games only) and his team looked confused on the ice. By the middle of Game 3, the Flyer had completely mailed it in by all accounts. To make matters worse, his coaching foe that series, Scotty Bowman, was the complete opposite of Murray which only made Terry look even worse with every move. Just look at the roster. They were bigger and faster top-to-bottom than this years Sharks team:

Forwards: Eric Lindros (24), John Leclair (27), Rod Brind'Amour (26), Dainius Zubrus (18), Vaclav Prospal (22), Mikael Renberg (24), Dale Hawerchuk (33), Shjon Podein (29), Trent Klatt (26), Joel Otto (35), Pat Falloon (24), Dan Kordic (25), John Druce (31), Daniel Lacroix (27)
Defense: Eric Desjardins (27), Karl Dykhuis (24), Chris Therien (25), Janne Niinimaa (21), Paul Coffey (35), Petr Svoboda (31)
Goalies: Ron Hextall (32), Garth Snow (27)

All those great players in their primes, or still young and starting out. When you compare them to the Red Wings team:

Forwards: Steve Yzerman (31), Sergei Fedorov (27), Brendan Shanahan (28), Vyacheslav Kozlov (24), Kirk Maltby (24), Kris Draper (25), Tomas Sandstrom (32), Martin Lapointe (23), Darren McCarty (24), Igor Larionov (36), Doug Brown (32), Joey Kocur (32)
Defense: Nicklas Lidstrom (26), Vladimir Konstantinov (29), Larry Murphy (36), Bob Rouse (32), Viacheslav Fetisov (38), Aaron Ward (24)
Goalies: Mike Vernon (34), Chris Osgood (24)

A roster full of young kids up front and slow fossil in back. Detroit was not supposed to have a chance with old, slow, smaller defensemen against the hulking Flyers.

Frankly, Terry Murray was outcoached by a ridiculous margin by Scotty Bowman and lost in a sweep with the far superior team. That's why he got fired.

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