Frozen Royalty: Players Counter Claims That System, Coach Stifle Offense
I can only speak for myself on the subject of Terry Murray. I can’t speak for Alex or Chris on the subject quite yet. I believe that Terry Murray has worn out his welcome in Los Angeles. That said, you don’t come here for clear and balanced journalism. That’s why we link up Gann Matsuda on a regular basis. So here’s some good reactions from the players on Murray’s “system”. Enjoy!
ANAHEIM AND EL SEGUNDO, CA — Following a 3-2 loss to the struggling Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center in Anaheim on December 6, if you traversed the various web sites, Facebook and Twitter, one would get the distinct feeling that the Los Angeles Kings were already doomed, and that all hope for them to qualify for the playoffs was lost.
But one look at the standings reveals that the Kings are just three points out of first place in their division, and from third place in the National Hockey League’s Western Conference.
Despite that, the sky is falling for many of the Kings’ faithful, who seem to be looking, desperately, for something and someone to blame, and many are blaming head coach Terry Murray and the system he has the Kings playing, which many claim is archaic, and stifles his players’ offensive abilities.
For weeks, there has been a growing cacophony of frustrated fans blaming Murray for everything that ails the Kings, calling for him to be, not just fired, but run out of town on a rail, or worse.
After the December 6 loss at Anaheim, two replacements for Murray were suggested that should leave just about anyone shaking their heads in disbelief…
Former Kings head coaches Barry Melrose and Marc Crawford.
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