Murray finalist for Kings job

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:20 AM ET

The Kings could be ready to reach into the national capital region for their next coach.

The talk among NHL executives is Terry Murray, a Shawville native and Flyers assistant coach, has emerged as the frontrunner for the Kings vacant coaching job and could be named to the post as early as today.

Murray, who turns 58 Sunday, has spent the last four seasons in the Philadelphia organization and is willing to take on the challenge of leading the young Kings.

FIRED CRAWFORD

Murray, the brother of Senators GM Bryan Murray, worked with Los Angeles GM Dean Lombardi when Lombardi was a pro scout with the Flyers. The Kings have been looking for a coach since Marc Crawford was fired last month.

While Lombardi had spoken with Portland AHL coach Kevin Dineen and former Tampa coach John Tortorella had been mentioned as a possibility, it's believed the Kings were impressed with Murray in interviews.

Murray hasn't been behind a bench as a coach since he was fired by the Panthers in 2000-01. Murray has also coached the Flyers and Capitals.


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