Changes coming this week for the Kings? Could the Canucks shop for a tough guy? What’s the latest on Marty Turco? Read on to find out.
LATIMES.COM: Helene Elliott and Lisa Dillman report sources claim LA Kings executives are close to firing Terry Murray as their head coach, though a candidate has not been found to replace him. GM Dean Lombardi has been reluctant to make a move, but the club’s problems have mounted. Lombardi declined to comment on his plans. The Kings aren’t believed to have interest in former Anaheim Ducks coach Randy Carlyle.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s also been rumored the Kings might consider a roster shake-up via trade, but at this point in the season, when making a significant trade is difficult due to salary cap constraints, firing the coach is often the only option. We’ll see how things unfold this week.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Jason Botchford reports the Canucks lack of tough guys hasn’t adversely affected their performance. Botchford suggests when GM Mike Gillis talks about improving his fourth line depth, he’s referring to adding players like Christopher Higgins, whom he acquired at last season’s trade deadline, rather than adding a tough guy.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The perception exists, however, the reason the Canucks lost to the Bruins in the Stanley Cup Final was they lacked a tough guy who could ensure players like Brad Marchand wouldn’t take liberties against the Canucks best players, like the Sedin Twins. Gillis, however, probably doesn’t buy into that theory.
DALLASNEWS.COM: Mike Heika reports former Dallas Stars goalie Marty Turco has signed with an Austrian team.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It appears to be for the short term, from December 16 to 18th