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Report- Andy Murray Will Be Named Head Coach At Western Mich, Univ.

from David Drew of the Kalamazoo Gazette,

If Western Michigan University was looking for a big name hockey coach to fill the giant shoes left by Jeff Blashill, it’s done so, hiring a coach it never could have lured a year ago.

WMU has hired longtime NHL head coach Andy Murray to lead its hockey program, according to multiple sources.

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Evening Line

I take pride in the fact that the building is full all the time,” Murray said. “You look at the development of the young players. Look at some of the guys and the (Olympic) recognition they’ve gotten recently. I’ve enjoyed every minute of my job. It’s a tough job to lose, but I’m appreciative. I don’t blame the players. It’s my job to get wins. I didn’t get enough of them.

-Ex Blues Coach Andy Murray.  More on Murray from Dan Rosen of NHL.com.

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Andy Murray Fired

ST. LOUIS - St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today that the club has named Davis Payne as Interim Head Coach.  Payne becomes the 23rd coach in the history of the St. Louis Blues replacing Andy Murray, who was relieved of his duties. 

“Davis is very knowledgeable of the players in our organization and we feel he is the best candidate to coach our team,” said Davidson.  “He has nine winning seasons at the minor league level which includes an ECHL Championship in 2006.

“I would like to thank Andy Murray for the job he has done here the past four seasons,” continued Davidson. “He was an intergral part in turning the St. Louis Blues around.  He is a true professional and I wish him the best of luck in the future.”

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Blues Coach Must Produce

from Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

(Andy) Murray is on the spot. When his teams succeed, his exhaustive game-planning draws praise. Players feel well-prepared to face every opponent and every game situation.

But when Murray’s teams struggle, people within and outside the organization wonder if the players are burning out.

Have they endured too many group and individual meetings? Have they heard the same motivational note too many times?

Has their coach’s withering intensity sapped their energy?

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Afternoon Line

“...He made a difference for me in the way that he played and approached the game. He found a way to get himself into an NHL lineup with what I would say not above average skills. He asked a lot of great questions. And those guys like that are on the bubble, they ask a lot of questions because they want the coach to notice them all the time and he was good at that.”

-Bliues Coach Andy Murray speaking about player Dan Bylsma who he coached when Dan was with the Kings.  More from Andy Murray by Seth Rorabaugh of Empty Netters.

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Afternoon Line

“I don’t care if you’re the Red Wings, I don’t care if you’re San Jose, there’s question marks.  Until you answer, there’s question marks on every team because there hasn’t been a game played this year. How are certain guys going to play? Are they going to play at the level they played at last year? Is Nick Lidstrom as good as he’s always been, which we expect him to be, but there’s always question marks. But you just don’t know. How healthy is your team going to stay? We just need to get answers.”

-Blues Coach Andy Murray.  More on the Blues/Wings from Scott Burnside of ESPN.

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Blues Extend Contract Of Andy Murray

via Jeremy Rutherford of the Morning Skate,

The Blues just announced that they’ve extended head coach Andy Murray’s contract through the 2010-11 season.

added 3:02pm,

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today the club has exercised the option for Blues’ Head Coach Andy Murray through the 2010-11 season. 

“Andy has done a terrific job for our hockey club over the past three seasons,” said Davidson.  “We’re happy to have him in the fold for the next two seasons and continue to guide a competitive team.”

 

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All Andy Murray

Blues coach Andy Murray answers questions from the fans…

from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

I just wanted to know what opening the season in Sweden means to the organization. What the Pro’s and Con’s may be from your point of view.  Thanks and keep up the good work!!!

Andy Murray:  First of all, it’s what the league scheduled for us. So, if I’m feeling negative about it, I’m not creating the right atmosphere for our team. I can only talk about the positives. I think it’s great for team building, for our team to get to know each other. We’re going into hostile territory because it seems like half the Red Wings are Swedes. They’re going to be heavily favored in both games by the experts, and I’d like nothing better than to walk out of their with four points. We’ll play them any place in the world.

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Blues Coach Likes Competition For Roster Spots

from Jeremy Rutherford of the Morning Skate at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Murray said that the Blues will have 56 players at training camp. The breakdown is six goalies, 20 defensemen and 30 forwards.

Murray said something interesting about how the final roster will be determined. He said it will be less about contract situations and more about which players deserve a spot on the team.

“There will be some battles,” Murray said. “Everyone can look at contracts and say, ‘Well, they don’t have many roster spots open.’ Well, as I’ve told a couple of guys coming to our camp, ‘Put a wedge in their for yourselves. It may look like it’s blocked off, but somehow stick a wedge in and open it up a little bit and push yourself through it.’

“We will keep the best players. If that means creating roster spots by moving guys that aren’t performing, then that will happen. We’ll ultimately find a way to get our best players in the lineup.”

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Andy Murray Actually Smiles

Andy Murray talks about the Blues victory of the Blue Jackets last night and Puck Daddy (watch the video of another Oshie hit on Nash) has this to say…

The Blues currently own the No. 8 seed in the West, thanks in no small part to the play of T.J. Oshie, who had a goal, an assist and his second bad-ass play involving Rick Nash in the span of 24 hours:

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Stanley Cup Is Ultimate Goal

from Dan O’Neill of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

His goal for the organization isn’t about making the playoffs, it’s about winning them.

“I won’t even say the word to the guys, to be honest with you,” Murray said. “I will say we’re playing for the Stanley Cup.”

There are two realities to what Murray says. First is his belief that you concede nothing, that you strive to win every game, win a championship. If you would have asked Murray to project how many points he hoped to get before the season, he would have answered 164, which would translate to an 82-0 record. To answer anything else would be to concede a willingness to lose a few games.

Ask him about the playoffs and you’ll get a similar response. He’s not suggesting these Blues consider themselves a Stanley Cup contender, per se. But there is a perspective to consider. At one point in their history, the Blues advanced to the playoffs 25 seasons in succession. And what did they have to show for it? Close your eyes and what do you see?

“We just have to have a night-by-night focus,” Murray added. “And at the end of the year, if we have enough points to be playing more games, then we will have earned it.”

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Andy Murray Calls Out Players, One Responds Back

from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

“I didn’t think (Patrik) Berglund was good, I didn’t think (David) Perron was good, I didn’t think (Keith) Tkachuk was good ... I didn’t think (Brad) Boyes was good,” Murray said. “I thought (David) Backes was all right.”...

“The last time I checked, we’re all in this together,” Tkachuk said. “We’ve got a young team. It’s easy to put the blame on each other. I don’t need the coach to tell me through the media, or any other player through the media ... if that’s what he’s searching for, it’s a very young and fragile team to be doing that right now in the middle of the season. But if that’s what he has to do, that’s his decision. He’s the coach.”

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Only Reason To Play - The Stanley Cup

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

“We’re being predicted to finish 15th in the conference and 30th overall in the League,” (Andy) Murray said. “Obviously a lot of people on the outside don’t feel that we’re going to take the next step.”

Then, Murray paused for a moment before adding, “but, what is the next step?”

When Murray thinks about the upcoming season and where he wants his young team to go, he thinks only of the Stanley Cup. That, he said, is the only reason to be in this game and to play the season.

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Morning Line

via the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

“One thing I told them … I don’t want to read in the paper tomorrow that you don’t have confidence,” Murray said. “You’re in the National Hockey League and you’re a part of the St. Louis Blues. You know how to play well. We need you to play well.

“If you don’t have confidence, which I don’t think that’s a word … it’s just an excuse word … if that’s how you feel, then come and tell me before the game because then I won’t play you. I put players on the ice in games that I believe in. I believe that our goalie is going to be good, I believe we’re going to be good on the power play. I believe in every single player that we put on the ice.

“Don’t give me an excuse word.”

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Andy Murray Stresses Responsibility

from Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

This disaster, on the heels of the 6-1 loss at Chicago, gives coach Andy Murray and his staff plenty to work on as the team readies for the road.

“The message today was not to shun your responsibility, to take it seriously, acknowledge that you weren’t good enough today to get the job done,” Murray said. “Myself, as a coach, I have to acknowledge when my team doesn’t play as well as it needs to play. Then I have to take responsibility.

“It’s all about responsibility. We’ll go to work and prepare them for the next game in Nashville and review what we need to do better. We need to have their effort. We need to have a high determination level. We’re that type of team that cannot be successful if we’re not operating at full power.”

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Line Of The Day

via Snapshots,

Reporter: Would you like to see more of a player respond, I mean, or step up the way Matt Walker did, in that situation, but, throughout the game?

(Andy) Murray: I mean, who are they going to step up against? You know, who are they going to step up against on their team? Aaron Downey, maybe? But Aaron Downey was told, when they got the lead, to keep his gloves on, and so…I mean, we have to be tougher on their good players, and we plan to be. You know, we play them hard, and you have to play within the rules, but we have to be harder on their good players, too.

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Andy Murray Not Happy With Power Play

from the News-Democrat,

“To me, the work ethic of our penalty-killing players is not matched by the work ethic of our power-play players,” Murray said. “The power-play guys can say it’s easier to kill penalties, and it is. But we’re also paying some guys some pretty good dollars to make our power play work.”...

For the season, the Blues are successful on 13.3 percent of their power-play chances (17-for-128). And while the team’s overall play has improved since Murray’s arrival last December, the power-play remains a major concern.

“We’re not seeing enough goals on our power play,” Murray said. “We’re not seeing the extra work to battle for pucks, to come up with loose pucks, to make sure you outnumber your opponent around the puck.

“There were some guys trying to be difference-makers, but there weren’t enough of them.”

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Andy Murray’s Message

From the CP via TSN,

Murray employs a tough style that is ‘‘demanding not demeaning’’ and puts a lot of responsibility on the players. After arriving in St. Louis, he found a group of men that felt as if they had let down Mike Kitchen, the man Murray replaced behind the bench.

The Blues have gone a combined 43-28-10 since - including 16-10-1 so far this season. His message to the players has been simple.

‘‘Basically we just tried to sell a belief system that if we played hard every night and competed that we would have an opportunity to be successful,’’ said Murray. ‘‘Losing is misery ... I think the players were just fed up with the way they were feeling here.’‘

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Blues Like Young Crop

from Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

...So, no, Murray doesn’t sound eager to return Perron to junior hockey for the rest of the season.

“We don’t want to say anything until his nine-game trial is up,” Murray said. “We want to keep him on edge.”

To evolve into a Stanley Cup contender, the Blues must integrate fresh talent into their mix during the next few seasons. They must benefit from added skill, fresher legs and increased competition at all their positions.

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The Blues Are Back

from Michael Farber at Sports Illustrated,

The new motto of the organization is Whatever It Takes, and the Blues have already done enough that on Oct. 30 there were 14,222 in attendance to see a team that had won six of its first nine games. That was still 5,000 short of capacity but, says Davidson, one of Checketts’s first hires, “last year, on a Tuesday in October against Phoenix, we probably would have had six [thousand].” Revenue from tickets sold this season has already surpassed the ticket revenue from all of 2006-07, a solid start for a team that was 7-5 through last Saturday.

The resurgence truly began last winter when the Blues hired the person with the foresight to include every employee in the team picture: coach Andy Murray.

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The Coaching Road Of Andy Murray

from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

In the winter of 1998-99, Andy Murray coached a prep hockey team in Minnesota during the week and on weekends flew to Koln, Germany, to be general manager of a team there.

And that’s only one of the zany details of his hockey odyssey. In a three-year span, Murray went from coaching the Canadian National Team to Shattuck-St. Mary’s School to the Los Angeles Kings.

“If you look at the script of my coaching career, you kind of say, ‘Did he have a plan?’” Murray said.

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