Weeks after firing Marc Crawford, the Los Angeles Kings hired Terry Murray as the 22nd head coach in franchise history. Although Murray had been an assistant coach with the Philadelphia Flyers up until that point, his gig in Los Angeles would be his first head coaching job since 2001 when he was with the Floria Panthers.
Although the Kings missed the playoffs in Murray's first season behind the bench, it was a promising sign as, after years of rebuilding, this was a team that was finally on the rise. In 2008-09, Murray led his Kings to a 34-37-11 record.
The following season behind Murray, the Kings tied a franchise record for wins in a season when they finished the campaign with a 46-27-9 en route to their first playoff appearance since 2002. Then, this past season, the Kings equalled their wins mark from 2009-10 when they finished 46-30-6.
Despite losing their opening round series in each of the last two seasons, the Los Angeles Kings have become recognized league-wide as a team on the rise and Terry Murray's work behind the bench is a big reason why.
With the Kings, Murray has an impressive record of 126-94-26. However, entering his fourth season behind the Kings' bench, some wonder if 2011-12 will make or break Murray's tenure in Southern California. Obviously, only time will tell but Murray has been successful so far with the Kings. Let's just hope he can take this team one or even two steps further.