Terry Murray raised some eyebrows this weekend when, after the Kings’ victory over Boston, he brought up Sidney Crosby — and mentioned Anze Kopitar by name — in reference to what the Kings aren’t, but might be some day, and in reference to a style of play that the Kings need.
The quote left itself open to some interpretation, so I thought it might be helpful to ask Murray about his intentions. Was he trying to bring something out of Kopitar with the comparison to Crosby?
MURRAY: “It wasn’t meant to be that. No, it wasn’t. We are a team right now, as a young group, that really needs to have the five men doing the job out there. We have to be on the same page and executing together, both ways. When I bring Crosby into it, I didn’t even see the game. I saw the highlights of the play. He was spectacular, splitting the defensemen and scoring.
“We have guys that can do that, but we’re at a time in our development here where it’s really critical that five guys push it together and that our team keep demanding more of themselves and demanding more of each other, each game, so that we can have consistency in our performance. That was it, really. There was nothing more to it. There was no challenge to Kopi or to Doughty or to Fro or anything like that. It was just was it was.”