Wrapping up a 300-game NHL career as a member of the 1981-82 Washington Capitals, Murray soon joined his brother Bryan behind the Caps' bench as an assistant to the latter. He served in that capacity for several years before taking over as the head coach of the franchise's AHL affiliate in Baltimore and then got the call for the top job in D.C... when his brother was fired. Awkward.
Murray's Caps were consistently good, and perennial playoff teams (he took the team to their first Conference Finals), but after a couple of first round losses and a slow start in 1993, he was dismissed. He resurfaced in Philadelphia a year later, created the Legion of Doom, won two division titles and lost in the Cup Finals in this third season, but... got canned again. He took the Florida Panthers to the playoffs... fired. And he had two 46-win seasons in LA, but... well, you know. Murray has had some strong regular season teams over the years (and some very good offenses and defenses), but hasn't won a playoff series since 1996-97, which is part of why he's looking for work today.
Murray has some unfinished business in Washington and in the NHL - can he get the job done and kill two birds with one stone? You'd like to find out, and perhaps the rest of us will as well.
Murray's coaching history (via hockeydb.com) :
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