Thursday, March 28, 2013

Murray nears 600 wins 3/28

Check out tomorrow's paper for a story on Adirondack Phantoms coach Terry Murray, who is one win away from hitting 600 in his professional career. All but 100 of them have come in the NHL, and how he first got to the NHL  as a head coach is a pretty interesting story. He said he has never applied for any job in his life, which is pretty amazing when you think about it. Everyone has contacted him.

Interestingly, if the Phantoms get the win tomorrow in Binghamton, Murray's 600th professional win will come against the organization that his older brother, Bryan Murray, is in charge of as general manager. Sort of a neat tie there, but not one that you'd really look all that much into. Certainly not as big as the one that led to Murray getting his first head coaching job in the National Hockey League.

More on that in the print story.

Other than that, it was business as usual at practice today. Defenseman Matt Konan, who Murray tried in front of the net on the power play yesterday, wasn't there today. Eric Wellwood was taking some shifts there. It will be interesting to see who takes over Tye McGinn's spot in the game. It looks like it would be Wellwood, though I think Marcel Noebels could be another candidate. He's big too, and he's got some hands. But he's already on the No. 2 power play, which has found chemistry of late.

Interestingly about Noebels, some reporters were talking to Murray about him and mentioned how well he has been playing despite the broken toe he suffered earlier this month. Murray said he forgot that Noebels had even broken his toe. Clearly, he's not showing any ill effects from that injury.

In other news, the Flyers assigned center Andrew Johnston from ECHL Trenton to the Phantoms, but I'm told that's just a paper transaction. So don't expect to see him in the line-up this weekend.

More after the Binghamton game,


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