Kings executives are poised to dismiss Coach Terry Murray this week, hoping to halt a string of disappointing performances and revive an offense that has produced a league-low 2.24 goals per game despite a beefed-up payroll that puts the team near the salary-cap limit for the first time. People familiar with the situation but not authorized to comment publicly said a candidate has not been found to replace Murray, who took over before the 2008-09 season.
Plural unnamed sources say that the Kings have no-one to replace Terry Murray. Check. Neither do I.
[...] General Manager Dean Lombardi has been reluctant to make a move, but the team's problems have mounted.
Dean Lombardi has not done anything. Check.
[...] On Monday, Lombardi was scheduled to fly to Boston, where the Kings open a four-game trip Tuesday against the defending Stanley Cup champion Bruins. When contacted Sunday, Lombardi declined to comment on his plans. His hand might have been forced by the loss Saturday.
Lombardi will fly to Boston tomorrow. Check.
[...] Lombardi supported Murray, who is under contract through the 2012-13 season, through several slumps last season but sought more consistency this season from a team he projected to be a player or two away from Stanley Cup contention.
Lombardi has supported Murray so far. Check.
However, the Kings, who were among the NHL's lowest-scoring teams last season with 219 goals, are on pace to score 184 goals, a total that probably would not get them into the playoffs. Murray has continually juggled his offensive lines and defense pairs to little effect. Defenseman Drew Doughty, who sat out training camp because of a contract impasse and later injured a shoulder, has two goals, eight points and a minus-4 defensive rating in 24 games. Richards, who has sat out four games because of a head injury, leads the team with 11 goals. Anze Kopitar leads the Kings with 28 points but has not scored a goal in eight games. Wingers Dustin Penner (two goals) and Justin Williams (four goals) have also struggled to score.
The Kings suck right now. Check.
[...] The Kings are not thought to be interested in Randy Carlyle, who was fired by the Ducks on Nov. 30.
In an unspecified someone's opinion, Lombardi is not interested in hiring Carlyle for a job that is not yet available. Check.
I don't see how this is a story.
As far as I can tell, "people familiar with the situation" say Murray could get fired soon because the Kings suck despite being expensive. No kidding. And the supporting evidence for this is that Lombardi is flying to Boston.
I assume, since this is Helene Elliott and she's obviously a credible reporter, that there is some actual fire to go with all this smoke. But so far, the story isn't saying anything that anyone with an internet connection and some common sense didn't already know.