All Philly, all the time.
The Kings aren't quite a branch office of the Flyers, but evidence is mounting as they will introduce Terry Murray today as their 22nd head coach at a news conference at the team's practice facility in El Segundo. He succeeds Marc Crawford, who was fired June 10. The Crawford era lasted two losing seasons.
The road to Murray wound through Philadelphia.
Murray, who has been an assistant with the Flyers the last four seasons, worked with Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi and once coached Ron Hextall, now the Kings' assistant GM, in Philadelphia. Lombardi was a pro scout for Philadelphia after he was fired by the Sharks during the 2002-03 season.
Murray's three previous head coaching positions were with Washington, Philadelphia and Florida. Under Murray, the Capitals reached the conference finals and the Flyers made the Stanley Cup finals in 1997, losing to Detroit.