It felt like old times today, with Bob Miller, Jim Fox, Nick Nickson, Daryl Evans and myself sitting around talking with Andy Murray after the Blues skated this morning. Most of the faces have changed since Andy left the Kings, but as always, he’s an avid league follower and had some detailed thoughts about this year’s Kings.
ANDY MURRAY: “You look at what they have now… That checking line, with Handzus, is a puck-protection line. So they’re not just playing destructive. They’re keeping the puck. They’re dangerous. Fro has been their leading goal scorer the last three years. Having him in that role, and Simmonds fits that role really well, and Handzus has way more offensive ability than people give him credit for. To me, the biggest change is how hard Purcell is working now, on both sides of the puck. We showed some clips of him closing the gap from behind defensively, and how hard the team is working. That first line is not bad either.
“Then you look at the defense and the combinations. Scuderi is a great fit with Jack Johnson. Doughty has always played well with Sean. And then Greene with Drewiske. He played well.”