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by George Malik on 12/09/13 at 01:51 PM ET
Via the boss, former Red Wings defenseman Larry Murphy has been spotted at the Red Wings alumni's "training camp" ahead of the Wings-Leafs Alumni Showdown, and he's still taking part in team functions, so "Murph" may be a little less visible in the public eye, but he's around despite his still-controversial ouster from Fox Sports Detroit last spring.
Murphy was honored for his contributions to the Los Angeles Kings (Murphy's first team) with a bobblehead (skates just as fast as Murph does) and an in-game presentation prior to Saturday's 3-0 Kings win over Los Angeles, and LA Kings Insider's James Nicholson spoke with Murphy prior to the event...
On his NHL rookie defenseman scoring record: I take a lot of pride in that. Every year, [at the] 20, 30 game mark of the season I always look to see what rookie defenseman- if there is anyone threatening to break the record. I take pride in that, in my accomplishments. It was just a tremendous ride here. This team was set up perfectly for the type of style I played and I was able to gain confidence. And the rookie record, I don’t want to lose it. Anybody that says about a league record, that they don’t mind about losing it, I think they’re lying. It’s kind of a mark and you hope it lasts as long as possible.
On what it means to be a King: I was here three years. I was disappointed when I was traded from LA. I didn’t know why to be honest. Things happen. I moved on to Washington for another challenge. I was talking about that earlier, I was here just that little time, as you say, but the when the Kings won the cup two years ago and it’s funny. I took some pride in the fact that hey, I was here at one time. I was that [small] part of the Stanley Cup.
On which of his four Stanley Cups is his favorite: I think the first one, just the fact that it was the first one. It’s like anything the first time, it’s the most special. I played – I don’t know how many years, I played I guess 12 or 13 years – without really getting a real good, close kick at the can, and then all the sudden. You almost get yourself in the mindset that this is never going to happen and then you break through and the first one is always the one that you remember. After that though, after you win one time the mindset changes. All of the sudden you realize what it’s like to win and it’s a lot harder to lose. Every year that I didn’t win the cup from that first year, that I was a part of that team, you just know what you’re missing out on. Losing became much more disappointing after winning that first cup.
The conversation continues, and the Kings posted a video of the pre-game ceremony honoring Murphy...
As well as a 7:09 clip of Murphy speaking to the media:
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