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In discussing the dismissal his coach Los Angeles Kings GM Dean Lombardi made a casino analogy that explained why the team folded under Terry Murray and what kind of coach the Kings will wager on next. "It's a lot easier playing with the house's money," he said. "We're at the stage of the franchise where you're going to be judged on wins and losses and playoff rounds. And that's where you strive to be. It's a lot easier when there's no expectations, and with every win you can get a parade. We're not there right now, so it comes down to wins and losses." Murray was the right guy for the "house money" phase: Working with young players, establishing a defensive ethos. He was the coach who could make this team good enough for the playoffs; the coach of small victories and steady progress. But after consecutive first-round playoff loses, and with roughly $63.5 million committed to salary against the cap, the stakes were raised and the Kings were anteing up. So Murray went bust. Based on ...
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