Coach jumps into CBC booth

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 10:16 AM ET

The Los Angeles Kings aren't in the NHL playoffs but Andy Murray is.

Murray, dispatched from his head coaching duties by the Kings March 21, is playing a part in the post-season festivities as colourman for CBC during the Calgary Flames/Anaheim Mighty Ducks series.

"I've never thought about doing this," Murray said. "I just enjoy a challenge ... This is the next challenge."

It's hard to imagine anything more challenging than what Murray went through this past season in Los Angeles.

The Kings led the Pacific Division in early January but a unstoppable downward spiral jettisoned them right out of the playoffs.

That was just part of the fun for Murray, who nearly made it through his sixth season as Kings bench boss. With a pair of mouths that roared -- Sean Avery and Jeremy Roenick -- he had to deal with a dressing room that was, shall we say, challenging.

Murray, who had the indignity of reading demeaning comments from Avery after he was axed, wouldn't return the favour.

"I think Sean Avery's a real good player and I backed him up the whole year, no matter what was going on, so it was a little disappointing his reaction," Murray said.

Though it is his first foray with CBC, Murray does have some experience as a commentator. It was in 1988 as a studio analyst in Switzerland, where he was coaching.

"I did it in Swiss-German, so my only experience is doing it in Swiss-German. I don't know if that will help me," he chuckled. "I'm just going to call what I see. I respect so much what the coaches and players are doing on the ice and I expect to be coaching in this league again, so I'm not going to criticize guys or be critical.

"I'll just call what I see and maybe point out things that could have happened on the ice ... I'm not going to try and put on a show."


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