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April 16, 2006 | Chris Foster, Times Staff Writer
Coach John Torchetti was an overnight express delivery from Boston who was asked to salvage the Kings' season March 21. He replaced Andy Murray, whom the team had long since tuned out after five-plus seasons. The results have not gone as Torchetti hoped, and it looks as if his time with the Kings will end when General Manager Dave Taylor is fired, which is expected to happen after the season ends.
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April 16, 2006 | Chris Foster, Times Staff Writer
Coach John Torchetti was an overnight express delivery from Boston who was asked to salvage the Kings' season March 21. He replaced Andy Murray, whom the team had long since tuned out after five-plus seasons. The results have not gone as Torchetti hoped, and it looks as if his time with the Kings will end when General Manager Dave Taylor is fired, which is expected to happen after the season ends.
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July 13, 2006
NHL coaching changes with former coach and coach who replaced him (2005-06 season): * Boston Bruins -- Mike Sullivan, Dave Lewis (June 29). * Calgary Flames -- Darryl Sutter, Jim Playfair (July 12). * Kings -- Andy Murray, John Torchetti, interim (March 22), Marc Crawford (May 22). * Montreal Canadiens -- Claude Julien, Bob Gainey, interim (Jan. 14). * N.J. Devils -- Larry Robinson, Lou Lamoriello, interim (Dec. 19); Claude Julien (June 13). * N.Y.
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November 6, 2008 | Helene Elliott
vs. Florida, 7:30, FS West Site -- Staples Center. Radio -- 1150. Records -- Kings 3-6-2, Panthers 4-6-1. Record vs. Panthers -- Last played in 2006-07. Update -- Kings goaltender Erik Ersberg, impressive in a 1-0 overtime loss to the Ducks on Tuesday in his first start, will start again tonight. The Kings, in an 0-3-2 slump, will face the Panthers for the first time since Feb. 3, 2007, and first time at home since Dec. 10, 2005. For the Kings, that's one general manager and three coaches ago.
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March 23, 2006 | Chris Foster, Times Staff Writer
Even before the Kings introduced interim Coach John Torchetti, they had received some positive news. Pavol Demitra, who has sat out three games because of a concussion, skated Wednesday and could be in the lineup against the Nashville Predators on Saturday. Alexander Frolov (separated shoulder) participated in full-contact drills and also could play. Demitra, the team's top offensive player, has played in only eight of the Kings' last 27 games because of injuries. He has 22 goals and 57 points.
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April 2, 2006 | Helene Elliott
After skating on his own for two days, Pavol Demitra participated in a full practice Saturday for the first time since he underwent surgery on March 24 to repair a nasal fracture. Demitra is targeting Monday for his return, pending results of tests performed Saturday to gauge his recovery from the concussion he suffered on March 14.
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March 26, 2006 | Chris Foster, Times Staff Writer
This was like waiting for the sun to rise in the east. It was inevitable. The Kings' Sean Avery had a strong opinion about the firing of Coach Andy Murray, who was replaced Tuesday by interim Coach John Torchetti. Avery sparred with reporters as soon as they walked into the Kings' dressing room after the morning skate Saturday. "Why did you guys get brainwashed by that guy?" Avery said. "Do some work on your own now.
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April 15, 2006 | Chris Foster, Times Staff Writer
The Kings are focusing on former San Jose Shark general manager Dean Lombardi as they look to rework the organization after missing the Stanley Cup playoffs for a third consecutive season, league sources said. Tim Leiweke, the Kings' chief executive, met Friday with Lombardi, the sources said. Leiweke said he would wait until the end of the regular season before announcing a decision on current General Manager Dave Taylor, who has one year left on his contract.
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March 28, 2006 | Chris Foster, Times Staff Writer
The Kings, a loose and happy group Monday morning, continue to learn to take things a little easier under interim Coach John Torchetti. The team's morning skate was optional and players who participated were not put through a rigorous workout, as they often had been under former coach Andy Murray. Those game-day workouts, more than one player said, led to fatigue during games at times, although team captain Mattias Norstrom denied that was the case.
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May 27, 2004 | From Associated Press
The NHL's most dysfunctional franchise was true to form on Wednesday. Jacques Martin and Mike Keenan, who have more than three decades of hockey history together, were reunited with the Florida Panthers. Martin, who was fired last month by the Ottawa Senators, replaces interim coach John Torchetti. Keenan takes over as general manager, replacing Rick Dudley, who fired Keenan 6 1/2 months ago to end a turbulent two-year reign.
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April 3, 2006 | Chris Foster, Times Staff Writer
Pavol Demitra's status remains unclear, as the King forward still needs to be cleared by doctors before being allowed to play. Demitra, who has sat out eight games because of a concussion, will undergo a baseline test today, but said he probably won't play in tonight's game against Vancouver at Staples Center. Demitra said he failed to pass the same test Saturday. The Kings, who are fighting to get back in a playoff spot, were hoping to have Demitra's considerable offensive skills in the lineup.
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