Terry Murray was one win shy of his 500th as an NHL coach when the Los Angeles Kings fired him and eventually replaced him with Darryl Sutter, who is now one win shy of guiding the Kings to their first Stanley Cup.
In an interview with 106.7 The Fan, Murray says hes rooting for the Kings to win it all and is still very much interested in coaching in the NHL. The Capitals and Edmonton Oilers are the only two NHL teams with head coaching vacancies.
Brent Sutter is believed to be the leading candidate to replace Tom Renney in Edmonton, which leaves plenty of options for Capitals general manager George McPhee, who is spending this week meeting with his scouting staff in preparation for the June 22-23 NHL draft in Pittsburgh.
You never get used to being fired, but you have to learn from it, Murray told 106.7 The Fan. I feel fresh. I still want to coach. I know what I can do.
Murray was fired on Dec. 12 with the Kings underperforming with a 13-12-4 record. The Kings eventually turned things around under Darryl Sutter, but needed to go 3-0-3 in their final six games to get into the playoffs.
Sine then the Kings have gone an amazing 15-2 in the post-season and can clinch the Stanley Cup tonight in Los Angeles 8 p.m., NBC Sports Network.
Im definitely cheering for the Kings, said Murray, who was first hired by the Capitals as head coach in 1990. It meant a lot when some of the players called after I was fired. I was part of that organization for three years. It starts with a great owner like Phillip Anschutz. My name wont be on the Cup, but emotionally, I feel like Ill have a piece of it.
Its unclear whether Murray will get a phone call from McPhee. The list of coaches expected to be interviewed for the Edmonton job includes Brent Sutter, Dallas Eakins, Paul Maurice, John Stevens, Ron Wilson, Ralph Krueger, Todd Nelson and Jon Cooper.