Murray Back In The Fold Ex-coach Back For 2nd Stint As Scout

Posted: February 02, 2001

The last time Terry Murray worked as a Flyers pro scout, he wasn't happy about it. Murray counted down the days in the 1997-98 season until he could get back into coaching, which happened in June 1998, when his brother Bryan, a general manager, hired him to run the Florida Panthers' bench.

Florida dismissed both Murrays late last December.

Yesterday, Terry Murray, a former Flyers player who coached the team to the 1997 Stanley Cup finals, went back to work for the Flyers, as a pro scout. He sounded much more eager.

"It feels great to come back to the Flyers," Murray said. "Certainly, the excitement and energy is going to be there on my part to do the best that I can to help in any way that I can."

Murray, 50, lives in Maine. He said he'd mostly shoveled show since the Panthers fired him, the day after a Dec. 27 loss to the Flyers.

By coincidence, Bryan Murray attended last night's Flyers-Islanders game, scouting for the Panthers. He said his brother sounded excited about the opportunity to work.

"You don't want to just sit around the house," Bryan Murray said.

Though Terry Murray was 118-64-30 as the Flyers' coach, he is remembered more for a comment he made that played a role in his dismissal. After the Flyers fell behind the Detroit Red Wings, 3-0, in the '97 final, Murray was asked why he thought his team wasn't playing to his potential. Murray said the Flyers were a young team that let the pressure of the finals get to them. He called it "a choking situation."

Flyers general manager Bob Clarke said recently that if Murray had acknowledged at the time he said the wrong thing, he would not have been fired. Murray had agreed to a one-year contract extension before the firing. He ended up working that year, '97-98, as a scout.

Yesterday, Flyers assistant general manager Paul Holmgren said Murray would be a big help as the Flyers prepare for the March 13 trade deadline and the stretch drive.

"Terry is a good man, a good hockey man," Holmgren said of his former Flyers teammate. "We respect his judgment and think he will do a good job for us."

ICE CUBES

Flyers defenseman Luke Richardson was honored before the opening faceoff for playing in his 1,000th NHL game. Richardson got a crystal prism from the league, a wine refrigerator from his teammates, an engraved watch from the organization and a new Harley-Davidson from his wife, Stephanie. "The games pile up," Richardson said. "You don't realize how many years you've been plugging away at this. But it's been fun and I've enjoyed every day". . .Todd Fedoruk, his right eyelid still swollen from what he said was a thumb to the eye from Penguins enforcer Krzystof Oliwa Thursday, was scratched, though coach Bill Barber said he was medically cleared. Justin Williams returned to the lineup. Andy Delmore sat in favor of Michal Sykora for the second successive game. . .Chris Therien had a game-high six hits.

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