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Terry Murray: Added Talent Up Front Does Not Mean A New Style Of Play Is On The Horizon For LA Kings

FROZEN ROYALTY EXCLUSIVE: With the addition of center Mike Richards and left wing Simon Gagne over the summer, the Los Angeles Kings’ top two lines are both legitimate offensive threats, something head coach Terry Murray has not had at his disposal since his arrival in Los Angeles. What impact will they have on the team, and how will their presence change the Kings’ style of play? Also includes an update on veteran left wing Dustin Penner. Part 4 of a series.


Los Angeles Kings head coach Terry Murray outlines a drill for his players during practice at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California.
Photo: David Sheehan

EL SEGUNDO, CA — Since Terry Murray signed on as head coach of the Los Angeles Kings on July 17, 2008, his teams have had mixed results in the offensive zone, struggling to score goals in five-on-five situations.

Last season, the power play went south to join the five-on-five scoring, leading the Kings downward to rank 25th in National Hockey League in goals scored.

But with the addition of skilled, veteran forwards Mike Richards and Simon Gagne to the lineup—both were acquired earlier this summer—the Kings are expected to turn things around in the offensive zone in 2011-12. Read more of this post

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