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Flyers Hire Ex-Kings Coach Terry Murray to Coach Phantoms

The Philadelphia Flyers have taken a page out of the Los Angeles Kings book and hired one of it's former members of the coaching staff to coach in their system.

Philadelphia has hired former Kings head coach Terry Murray to be the head coach of the Adirondack Phantoms of the AHL.

Murray started out last season in his fourth year as head coach of the Kings, but was fired on December 12 when the eventual Stanley Cup champions were 13-12-4 and in 12th place in the Western Conference.

"I really appreciate the opportunity to come back to the Flyers organization and I'm really looking forward to the challenge that's out there of coaching the Phantoms," Murray said. "The youth playing down in the American Hockey League is a real important part of the organization. I'm looking forward to the challenge of getting back into the playoffs and helping these young players develop and become NHL players as quickly as possible."

Murray and the Flyers are very familiar with each other. This will be Murray's third tenure with the Flyers, serving as a head coach from 1994-1997 and as an assistant coach from 2003-2008.

"We feel very fortunate to be able to bring Terry back to the Flyers organization as head coach of the Phantoms," Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said. "Terry brings a wealth of knowledge and experience, is an excellent teacher and a strong believer in the development process of young players."

In his NHL career as a head coach, Murray is 499-383-41 with 89 ties in 1,012 games.

Since moving to Adirondack, the Phantoms have missed the playoffs the past three seasons.