The Kings are never, ever mentioned in trade rumors of course — cough — but given that the deadline is practically right around the corner, Terry Murray was asked today about the potential negatives of an in-season trade. Is a team, one that is having success, better off staying intact and not risking changing the dynamics of a locker room with a trade?
MURRAY: “I think chemistry is a very big part of the overall picture here. That’s not just post-lockout. That’s going back years. The chemistry in your locker room, the guys that care for each other and care about the team, when you have that kind of an attitude, you can put something good together. We’ve all seen in history, over the years in this league, where a deal is made and the guy doesn’t like it there, he doesn’t fit. You get a little bit away from that team play and it can really send a wrong message to the rest of the guys in the locker room.
“It’s an awareness that you have to have constantly, when you’re sitting in the (GM) chair upstairs, to who is coming in and what you have, and it cannot always be just the skill side of things. You have to come and bring the work ethic to bring the skill out. If you’re not doing that, then you have potential, and potential is a coach-killer (smiles).”