Kings fire Terry Murray as head coach


(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Kings head coach Terry Murray, left, looks at assistant coach Jamie Kompon during the second period of last Thursday’s game against Minnesota at Staples Center.

As the Kings start a four-game road trip in Boston with a four-game losing streak and the offense with the lowest goals-per-game average, team general manager Dean Lombardi announced this afternoon that head coach Terry Murray has been relieved of his duties.

Kings assistant coach John Stevens will assume interim head coach duties.

Murray, 61, began as the Kings head coach in 2008-09 and had a 139-106-30 regular season record. He ranks (list linked here) first in winning percentage (.560), third in wins (139) and fourth in games coached (275) in franchise history. The team went to the playoffs the last two seasons but lost in the first round.

Stevens, 45, is in his second season with the Kings organization, named an assistant coach prior to the 2010-11 season. He will be the 23rd head coach (including interim head coaches) in Kings history. Stevens was as the head coach for the Philadelphia Flyers from 2006-09 and had a 120-109-34 record, leading the Flyers to the Eastern Conference Finals in 2008.

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