Kings' uninspired performance led to Terry Murray's dismissal

On a fine summer day in 2008, shortly after Terry Murray was appointed the 22nd coach in the Kings’ rocky history, he predicted the course of the team’s latest rebuilding process.

“You’re going to have to go through a lot,” he said. “A lot of pain. Hard nights, long nights, pain.”
He was right. The under-talented Kings winced through much of Murray’s first season while he stabilized the defense and instilled a sense of purpose, but they reaped the rewards by making the playoffs the next two seasons.

The reason he was fired Monday and that John Stevens will become No. 23 in a line of failed Stanley Cup seekers is that the Kings were enduring hard, long, painful nights again — this time with a high-salaried team whose skill level promised more than it was delivering.

Four straight losses in which the uninspired Kings scored six goals proved the tipping point for General Manager Dean Lombardi. He had tried to avoid this in deference to Murray’s conscientious nature and unwavering class but on Sunday, with the Kings 12th in the West and averaging a league-low 2.24 goals per game despite the highest payroll in their history, he had no choice but to dismiss Murray and put Stevens in charge on an interim basis. Read that as until Darryl Sutter can take over.

For the first time in Lombardi’s tenure the Kings faced pressure to win. They responded by finding ways to lose, and Murray’s praise of one or two aspects of their game was ringing hollow. They anticipated making a big leap this season but were giving no indication they were capable of it.,0,7352531.column

13 Responses to Kings' uninspired performance led to Terry Murray's dismissal

  1. JoelLeafs says:

    Sooo.. I guess the banner is gone for good?

    I could think of a few names to put on it… oh well.
  2. 93killer93 says:

    From Hockeybreak, Kings expected to name Darryl Sutter Coach.  Also a number of teams are scouting Kadri, the Devils are one of them. 

  3. TheLeafNation91 says:

    I don't think he will be a Leaf next season.

  4. JoelLeafs says:

    Is that so? Where is he going?

  5. TheLeafNation91 says:

    We'll learn before next season. It looks like Toronto is showcasing him and he has been mentioned in numerous trade talks already. These are not signs of…"A vote of confidence" right now and if Toronto can get an upgrade, he will be the first to go.

    I will tell you that much.

  6. reinjosh says:

    How are they showcasing him? They moved him behind Colborne right now on the Marlies and they didn't have him come up to the NHL when the opportunity existed. That's the opposite of showcasing. 

    And I'd like to know what numerous trade talks. With the exception of Holmgren asking for him (shows he's valuable), it's been hearsay by rumor mongers and fans on websites. 
    I'll tell you your wrong. Unless its a first liner you trade a kid whose going on three straight years of steady improvement since draft day. 
  7. TheLeafNation91 says:

    Great. Now you have to make me find numerous references, both credible and uncredible.

    The Hockey News…From today (Kadri for Brassard):

    CBC from December 12, mentioning Burke's trade chip, point 27:

    HockeyBreak from two days ago (about New Jersey):

    "Confirming @FriedgeHNIC report that Nazem Kadri is being scouted by several teams. Source tells me list includes the New Jersey Devils."

    Mike Augello from TODAY about the rumors:–Leafs-Ross-gets-cut-by-Canadas-WJC-Squad/120/40530

    I can find more if you want?

    And I'm not saying its for nothing small…However, if their is a deal for an upgrade it looks like Kadri's the man out. I think it will happen…Most likely next off-season at the draft or free agency, but I will not say I am nowhere near wrong on this.

  8. MystifoLeafs says:

    Funny how people talk about Kadri but when you look at New Jersey and Philly they both have weak points on the backend. Very well could be scouting Aulie. Just my two cents.

  9. TheLeafNation91 says:

    Could have been…Except Aulie is on the Leafs right now as the 7th guy. Hard to scout a guy that is not there.

  10. reinjosh says:

    Spector and Augello were both commenting on Bruce Garrioch. He's was long ago proven to have no sources and besides the idea behind makes little sense for actual discussion between the two teams. Brassaed isn't an improvement on any center we have, and center hasn't been an issue for us with Colborne. Despite that, Brassard would in no way bring a return of a highly touted prospect back (and Kadri has done jack shit to reduce his value) . So there goes that rumor. 

    And the Elliott Freidman 30 thoughts blog merely had him speculating. He said he got the "sense" that teams were scouting Kadri. That's hardly conclusive and could merely speculate that since Kadri is doing so well in the AHL he could be a could chip and he could be getting scouted. All it suggests is that people who have half a brain see Kadri as having value and might be available for the right price.Kessel could be had for the right price. Yay!
    And I don't consider hockeybreak a source. I've followed him for a long time and he's never actually broken anything but droll. 
    So yeah find me ones that actually point to discussions between teams about him r have him specifically being scouted by teams. There is very little to suggest that. All these rumors are is the product of people with too much time on their hands and a brain. It's not hard to suggest that Kadri is a big chip and Burke would move him for the right price.
    Honestly, I doubt he does trade him. Burke doesn't trade guys he's picked at the draft. I can honestly not remember a time he did it. In fact he defends them vehemently (like Bobby Ryan). I would hazard a hi bet on Kadri being a Leaf next season. 
    Trading Kadri doesn't make sense. He's cheap, he's young, he's uber-talented. Unless were getting that number 1 center back (in which case I'll sign his goodbye card myself), it makes little sense to trade Kadri. He's developing fine and he's probably the highest talented player we have in the minors (and potentially in the organization, behind only Kessel). 
    I won't say your wrong. But conclusively stating Kadri will be gone? A little ahead of the game I think. 
  11. reinjosh says:

    Sorry this is borderline confrontational lol. I just get annoyed when people write Kadri off. Which I realize your not doing but usually trading Kadri comes along with that…

  12. TheLeafNation91 says:

    All rumors are speculation. Be realistic…What GM's say they will trade a player? However, their are people like Freidman that break news of what teams are discusiing…And it does look like its Kadri.

    So if it makes you feel better. I will say that "I" believe he will be gone by next season.

    Once again, I don't see much room for him on this roster and if he has value, you trade for something that could make you better. Just because he has looked good in the AHL, does not mean he will be good in the "NHL" so if a for sure "70 point" guys is availabe….Bye Bye Kadri.

    Just my two cents.

  13. Steven_Leafs says:

    I don't think Burke is actually considering trading Kadri at all. That being said, if a player like Staal or Nash become available he will be the first big chip in the deal guaranteed.

    I cannot see him being dealt for Brassard, it is kind of step backwards for the Leafs, more depth 2nd/3rd line centers, less raw talent.

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