Terry Murray 2008-2011
I started this blog 3 years ago at the start of the 2008-2009 NHL season. The Los Angeles Kings were coming off a 29th overall finish and had just hired a brand new coach. And I knew it was doomed from the start.
What the heck is a “seaon?”
Today, Coach Terry Murray was let go by the Kings after 3 seasons and 29 games of service. He was exactly who we thought he would be… a strong, silent, patient leader that would help re-build this wandering Kings team in a “defense first” mentality. And based on Coach Murray’s past… he had taken this team as far as he could. He had helped Anze Kopitar become one of the better 2-way centers in the league. He had given Jon Quick the faith and reassurance that has enabled him to become an elite NHL goaltender. And Coach Murray was able to get one great season out of Drew Doughty before he signed a multi-million dollar contract that has screwed with the player he should be. It seems like this was a hard move for Dean Lombardi to make… and even the most callous of Kings fans have to know and appreciate the hard work Terry Murray did for this franchise.
But we’re still gonna make fun of him.
Terry Murray brought me all sorts of joy via his straight-faced, un-emotional years behind the Kings bench. And I want to honor him the only way I know how.