- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 29, 2003

Seen and heard last night at MCI Center:
MURPH'S BACK Former Caps coach Terry Murray admitted the other day he was deeply disappointed he didn't get the Atlanta job last week, but he ended up doing fairly well. He has been named an assistant coach for the Philadelphia Flyers, a team he played for and coached. He had been a pro scout for the club since being by Florida three years ago.
According to Flyers general manager Bobby Clarke, coach Ken Hitchcock asked to add Murray to the roster. Murray will be used as an "eye in the sky," Clarke said, observing games from the press box and communicating with the bench via headphones.
Murray spent three seasons coaching the Flyers, won two Atlantic Division championships and took the team to the Stanley Cup finals in 1997. He was dismissed at the urging of center Eric Lindros, who later also was shown the door.
Philadelphia also signed defenseman/wing Mike Siklenka, whom the Caps drafted in 1998 in the fifth round. Washington cut the 6-foot-6 player loose last season, and he had been playing in the Flyers system on a tryout contract. The Flyers are hard-hit with injuries up front, and Siklenka may see time there.
BLUES FOREVER When the NHL expanded to 12 teams in 1967-68, five teams were quickly granted membership while two cities battled for the sixth spot. The league wanted St. Louis as its western outpost (at the time) but no ownership group stepped forward, according to the Caps' Web site. The other city in contention was Baltimore, with Zanvyl Kreiger, part-owner of the Orioles, hoping for a franchise. The thing standing in his way was the seating capacity at Baltimore Civic Center, about 12,000. Finally, Sid Salomon Jr. stepped forward, and the Blues were an instant hit.
Had Kreiger been granted the franchise he sought for Baltimore in 1967, there is no doubt Abe Pollin never would have been granted the Caps' franchise six years later.
Dave Fay


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