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Report: Kings prepping to fire coach Terry Murray

Posted on: December 12, 2011 10:17 am
Edited on: December 12, 2011 11:02 am
 

By Brian Stubits

There have already been four coaches fired this season in the NHL. According to the L.A. Times a fifth could be coming this week.

The report in the Times says the Kings are preparing to fire coach Terry Murray. There is no replacement lined up, so the job would likely go to assistant John Stevens on an interim basis.

At no point were the Kings expected to be fourth in their own division -- which has been subpar as a whole -- and 12th in the Western Conference. Moreover, even with the defensive style that Murray runs, the Kings really have no business being the worst team in the league at scoring. Their 2.24 goals per game is the lowest in the NHL, even below Anaheim.

An offensive cast of Mike Richards, Anze Kopitar, Simon Gagne, Dustin Brown, Justin Williams, Jarret Stoll and Dustin Penner supported by Drew Doughty and Jack Johnson should be scoring more. Jonathan Quick can only stop so many shots.

Here is what Brown told the Times over the weekend about the way the team has been playing of late.

"We have to be more desperate right now. We have to be more desperate the rest of the year," Brown said Saturday. "We aren't playing with enough intensity or enough desperation. We are a good team and now we are not playing like one."

That never is a ringing endorsement for a coach. Fair or not, players not playing up to their potential will always fall on the bench boss' shoulders. We've seen it a few times already this season. When a team isn't living up to its potential -- or at least the potential that everybody thinks they have -- it's going to be time for the coach to go.

Fair or not, that's the way it works in sports. It's funny to me that in most professions, if the employees aren't getting the job done, it's them who will be fired. Obviously the world of contracts and high-priced ones at that alter the dynamics, so the manager takes the fall.

Adding to the confounding nature of L.A.'s start, so far they have only played 11 road games compared to 18 at home. You wouldn't figure that bodes too well for a team that would like to catch up in the standings.

But the good news for any new coach that takes over in the case Murray is fired? Despite being 12th place in the Western Conference, the Kings are only three points behind the Dallas Stars and Phoenix Coyotes for the Pacific Division lead. That doesn't fit anybody's definition of insurmountable.

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Comments

Since: Mar 26, 2011
Posted on: December 13, 2011 12:06 pm
 

Report: Kings prepping to fire coach Terry Murray



@skinny: Painful to hear but true. The Galaxy would likely outscore the Kings!



Since: Oct 28, 2006
Posted on: December 13, 2011 8:12 am
 

Report: Kings prepping to fire coach Terry Murray

Individually they have alot of talent on this team, but as a group, they look dead, doughty and brown are barely noticeable, the only player that's doing ok is kopitar, and that's ok. The offense is non-existent, game in game out, fans put up with these1 or 2 goal performances expecting quick to bail them out, system failure, not responding to their coach, this team is typical of so many teams in the past that needed a change. I think the LA soccer team scored more goals per game than the kings.



Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: December 13, 2011 3:15 am
 

Report: Kings prepping to fire coach Terry Murray

Ark_Razor: Maybe Iron Mike should get a shot at it. I'm surprised he's been away from coaching this long. He might have mellowed a little, like Bowman did.



Since: Mar 26, 2011
Posted on: December 13, 2011 12:51 am
 

Report: Kings prepping to fire coach Terry Murray

@ripaul: San Jose has the most classless fans of any NHL building I have been in, but you are dead on regarding Murray. I was embarrassed to be Kings fan when he didn't go out and to the series ending handshake. You guys won that series fair and square.



Since: Sep 30, 2011
Posted on: December 13, 2011 12:38 am
 

Report: Kings prepping to fire coach Terry Murray

At some point, someone will have to be held accountable............regardless of who the coach is, the players ultimately have to play and win.  It was John Wooden who told his players come game time he was done coaching, he had already done it, and it was up to them to play the game.
In the case of the Kings, something is not working for sure.  They were built to do more then just make the playoffs and make a first round exit.  I do get the feeling that Murray has lost the locker room and the players are not listening.  If this is the case, then yes, Murray has to go.
It is time for a change, a kick in the pants of some sort...............maybe Luc should take a shot behind the bench. 
Let's see how they respond tomorrow in Boston.


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Since: Sep 28, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 10:43 pm
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Since: May 6, 2009
Posted on: December 12, 2011 9:26 pm
 

Report: Kings prepping to fire coach Terry Murray

I don't need to know him to know what a classless act it was to not join in on the traditional hand shake at the end of the series.  I have played team sports all my life and have had to shake the hands of people that I've lost too... never would have dropped to the level of Murray.  You are right that I don't know him personly, but the action was completely classless.




Since: May 27, 2008
Posted on: December 12, 2011 8:17 pm
 

Report: Kings prepping to fire coach Terry Murray

One isolated incident does not make a guy a "classless bum."  You don't know  him.  Using your logic, I can call you a ignorant moron.  But I won't, because I don't know you, either.  But I'm sure you are a really nice person.



Since: Feb 8, 2007
Posted on: December 12, 2011 6:22 pm
 

Report: Kings prepping to fire coach Terry Murray

Yeah, KM. Bylsma took over half way through the year they won.



Since: May 6, 2009
Posted on: December 12, 2011 5:36 pm
 

Report: Kings prepping to fire coach Terry Murray

Murray is a classless bum.  He is the only Coach or Player I have ever seen not come out to do the traditional handshake after a playoff series.  He was so pissed off about the loss to the Sharks last year that he was absent during the handshake... truly a classless punk.


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