Ask Jim Fox, part 4

Now that the coaching news has died down, we can resume the Jim Fox questions and answers. Looking at some of the questions, I think maybe it’s time to have a semi-regular Jim Fox wine column on the site! And I’m particularly happy to see a mention of the L.A. Blades, as I still have one of their jerseys in my closet. Here’s the next set of Jim’s answers…
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Terry Murray news conference

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Don Fulton went out to the Terry Murray news conference today and filed this great report. He’s working on more of the transcript of the day and we’ll have those quotes up later in the day. Thanks, Don…

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Hoping to have secured a vital component of its rebuilding plan, the Los Angeles Kings today named Terry Murray as their head coach – the 22nd in team history – at a news conference at the team’s practice facility in El Segundo.

Murray, who turns 58 on Sunday, succeeds Marc Crawford, who was fired June 10, and has ties to Kings’ general manager Dean Lombardi, as the two worked together in the Philadelphia Flyers organization from 2002 to 2006.

“We are very pleased that Terry has accepted this challenge,” Lombardi said. “He has a wide range of coaching experience and he understands the importance of teaching, which is critical to the building process.”

Murray takes over a team that tied Tampa Bay with a league low 71 points last season, a task that is not lost on his general manager.

“I think this is the toughest job in the National Hockey League right now,” Lombardi said.

For his part, Murray seems excited about the prospects of having such a young group of players to send out to battle each night.

“I’m coming in to this with my eyes wide open. I know exactly what the process is, to move this along and to get this organization back on track. We have some very good young hockey players in this organization, and we’re going to get younger and we are going to bring along those young players at the right time and develop them in the right process so that they can feel success in this NHL,” he said.
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Initial Murray quote

In the press release announcing his hiring, Terry Murray said…

“I am very excited about this opportunity. This will be my biggest challenge as a coach. There is a lot of work ahead and it will take a collective effort to execute the plan we have in place. I am looking forward to training camp and to getting the process under way.”

I’m expecting to have the full transcript of today’s press conference later…

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