Los Angeles Kings Fire Head Coach Terry Murray

The Los Angeles Kings have fired head coach Terry Murray, who has held the position since the 2008-09 season.

The Los Angeles Kings have fired head coach Terry Murray, who has held the position since the 2008-09 season. Assistant coach John Stevens will take over as interim head coach, according to Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi.

Murray leaves as one of the franchise's winningest caoches. He compiled a 139-106-30 regular season record, ranks third in wins (139), fourth in games coached (275) and first in winning percentage (.560). Murray also reached the 100-win mark faster than any other coach in Kings history.

However, the Kings have gotten off a slow start in the 2011-12 season with a 13-12-4 record, leaving them fourth in the Pacific Division. The offense is currently averaging a league-low 2.24 goals per game and so the team decided to make a move.

Interim coach Stevens is in his second season with the Kings organization and he will be the 23rd head coach in Kings history. Stevens was previously the head coach for the Philadelphia Flyers, whom he led to a 120-109-34 record and the 2008  Eastern Conference Finals.

For more fan reaction to the trade, head over to Kings blog Jewels From The Crown, California hockey blog Battle of California and SB Nation Los Angeles.

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