Kings make the change

Andy Murray was fired tonight as coach of the Los Angeles Kings. Assistant John Van Boxmeer goes too. The hockey team will introduce interim coach John Torchetti at a press conference tomorrow afternoon. Torchetti's only NHL head coaching experience was 27 games for the Florida Panthers in 2004 and he was not invited back. Murray, who I profiled in 2001, leaves with the most lifetime wins (and losses) of any Kings coach. His recent quotes sure sounded like he didn't want to be here any longer, incidentally the same tone his predecessor had at the end. It's not the smartest NHL organization, and one saddled with a losing tradition that the ownership and team insiders seem to revere.


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