Murray joins pal Clarke with Flyers

June 24, 1994|By Jon Marks | Jon Marks,Contributing Writer

PHILADELPHIA - Terry Murray is the first to admit he woke up today one day closer to being the ex-coach of the Philadelphia Flyers. That simply goes with the territory.

But as long as he is in command here, he intends to make the most of the time.

"I have no misconception of the job," said Murray, 43, after becoming only the 10th coach in franchise history yesterday, but the fourth in the past four years. "At some point [newly appointed Flyers general manager] Bob Clarke will call me into his office and say the organization is going in a different direction.

"The years I spent with the Washington Capitals [January 1990 to January 1994] were good years. But the message gets a little old sometimes. I've been in the business long enough to know that . . . sometimes time runs out."

After going 163-134-28 in Landover, the Caps decided it was time for a new messenger, replacing Murray with Jim Schoenfeld on Jan. 27. Murray took over the expansion Florida Panthers affiliate in Cincinnati as a favor for Clarke, his former teammate and close friend.

Yesterday, Clarke and the Flyers rewarded him, putting the future of Eric Lindros & Co. in Murray's hands. He succeeds Terry Simpson, removed after one season in which the club got off to a terrific start, then staggered home below .500.

But Murray's confident Philadelphia has made the right choice. "This is a very successful organization and a very proud organization," said Murray, a Flyer from 1976-78. "But this team has gone through a dip [missing the playoffs five straight seasons].

"I look forward, with Bob Clarke, to recapturing that tradition. When I think of the Philadelphia Flyers I believe this team's basic foundation has always been built around hard work. I want the Flyers to ` win or lose ` again be the hardest-working team in the league."

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