Saturday, June 23, 2012

Terry Murray on cusp of return to Flyers organization

With all standing between Terry Murray and a return to the Flyers organization is the right word from Kings general manager Dean Lombardi, it's nearly a lock that Murray will be behind another bench next season.

This time, it is expected to be with the Adirondack Phantoms of the AHL. The Phantoms have a vacancy created when Joe Paterson was fired shortly after the end of this past season.

Murray had been fired as head coach of the Kings on December 12 after LA started the year 13-12-4 and sported a paltry 2.21 goals-per-game.

The 61-year-old native of Shawville, Quebec previously served the Flyers organization as an assistant coach from 2004-08 before leaving to take the Kings' head coaching position, was a scout from 2001-03, head coach from 1994-97, and suited up as a defenseman with the franchise from 1975-77, 1978-79 and 1980-81.

Despite the good which emerged from Murray's tenure in Philadelphia, he will be best remembered for a misconstrued comment following Game 3 of the 1997 Stanley Cup Finals, where he admitted his club, down 0-3 in the series, was in a "choking situation."

The Flyers dropped Game 4 in Detroit, and Murray was dismissed just seven days later over what then-GM Bob Clarke cited as "an accumulation of problems that could not be resolved."

Aided by the rise to prominence of the "Legion of Doom" comprising Eric Lindros, John LeClair and Mikael Renberg, Murray compiled a 118-64-30 regular-season record with a 28-18 playoff mark in three seasons here.
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