Evaluation: Terry Murray - LA Kings Insider

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This season: 46-27-9 record (2-4 in playoffs).
The good: Murray did what he does: coach teams to the playoffs. Nine of Murray’s 13 teams, since he became an NHL coach, have made the playoffs. This season, under Murray, the Kings improved by 12 wins and 22 points over last season, and by 14 wins and 30 points over Marc Crawford’s final season. The Kings’ top three scorers, and their No. 1 goalie, were all age 25 or younger, and Murray’s patient, even-keel demeanor has been credited for their success. The Kings finished the regular season with the league’s seventh most-successful power-play unit and made across-the-board improvements.
The bad: After weeks — if not months — of trying to downplay the question, Murray acknowledged after the season that he might have played Jonathan Quick too much. It’s not as though that cost the Kings a Stanley Cup, but did it cost them another round of the playoffs? Murray’s frequent, and oft-discussed, line changes aren’t really much different than those of any NHL coach, but did they send the wrong message down the stretch? Did players have enough confidence in themselves, given that the coach seemed to lack confidence in his line combinations?
Going forward: Murray has one season remaining on his contract, so it will be very interesting to see if he signs an extension this summer. If not, the pressure will be on, to get results, from the start of next season. Murray has taken one team to the Stanley Cup Finals, and two others to the conference finals, so he knows how to win in the playoffs, but expectations will be raised for the Kings going into next season.


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Adrian Kempe

#9 | 6′ 2″ | 195 lb | Age: 21

Born: September 13, 1996
Birthplace: Kramfors, SWE
Position: LW
Handedness: Left

Bio

Kempe was selected by the Kings in the first round (29th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.
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Alex Iafallo

#19 | 6′ | 185 lb | Age: 23

Born: December 21, 1993
Birthplace: Eden, NY, USA
Position: C
Handedness: Left

Bio

Iafallo was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on April 18, 2017.
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Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left

Bio

As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

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Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right

Bio

Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

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Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right

Bio

Carter began his hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League in Canada before joining the AHL and playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Colombus Blue jackets before joining the LA Kings in 2012, where he has since won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

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Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left

Bio

Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.

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