The search for the next coach of the Adirondack Phantoms could be in its final stages.
According to several reports Saturday, veteran NHL coach Terry Murray is the front-runner to take over the Phantoms. The news was first reported by Renaud Lavoie of RDS in Montreal.
Murray was most recently coach of the Los Angeles Kings. He was fired in December after three-and-a-half seasons. The Kings went on to win the Stanley Cup.
Following up on the RDS report, the Philadelphia Daily News reached Flyers General Manager Paul Holmgren, who told the paper he had spoken to Murray, but that “nothing is in place.”
Murray is under contract with Los Angeles for another year. The Daily News reported that Holmgren received permission from the organization to speak to Murray.
The Flyers surprisingly fired Joe Paterson, the Phantoms coach for a season and a half, last month.
Murray has a long history with the Flyers. If hired, this would be his fifth stint with the organization.
Murray twice played for the Flyers and was the head coach between 1994-97. Murray was fired by the Flyers in 1997, shortly after they were swept in the Stanley Cup Finals by the Detroit Red Wings.
Murray later returned to the organization as a pro scout and then became the team’s assistant coach between 2004-08, when he left to become the Kings head coach.
In 15 NHL seasons with Washington, Philadelphia, Florida and Los Angeles, Murray is 499-383-89-41 as a head coach. He began his head coaching career by spending two seasons with the AHL Baltimore Skipjacks between 1988-90.