July 16, 2008
So, another Murray is on the way to Southern California and the NHL. Not Andy Murray, who was the Kings' coach for seven seasons, including the 2004-05 lockout year. Or Bryan Murray, who was the longtime general manager of the Ducks and coached them for a season. It is Terry Murray, Bryan's brother, who is expected to become the Kings' next coach, barring any last-minute veto from team ownership.
Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi and Murray met Tuesday night with Tim Leiweke, chief executive of AEG, the team's parent company, and the Kings' representative on the NHL Board of Governors. One potential hurdle could be the approval of Boston Celtics co-owner Wycliffe "Wyc" Grousbeck, who, with his partners, has expressed interest in taking a minority ownership stake in the Kings. Lombardi has met with one of the prospective owners.
If everything proceeds smoothly, Murray would become the Kings' 22nd coach, filling the vacancy created by Marc Crawford's firing June 10.
Murray, who turns 58 on Sunday, has been a head coach with three other NHL teams, the Washington Capitals, Philadelphia Flyers and Florida Panthers. Most recently, he has been a Flyers assistant under Coach John Stevens.