Report: Blue Jackets interview ex-Kings coach Murray

Updated: November 22, 2006, 11:47 AM ET
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The Columbus Dispatch reported Wednesday that the Blue Jackets interviewed former Los Angeles Kings coach Andy Murray about their head coaching vacancy on Tuesday.

Murray reportedly took a tour of Nationwide Arena and met with Blue Jackets majority owner John H. McConnell; his son, alternate governor John P. McConnell; and president and general manager Doug MacLean.

The interview came two days after the Blue Jackets met with former Philadelphia Flyers coach Ken Hitchcock.

"I was impressed with everything," Hitchcock told the Dispatch on Tuesday. "From the interview to the facility -- everything, every aspect impressed me. That's the best way to describe it."

The Dispatch reported that the team could make a decision as soon as Wednesday or Thursday, although finances could play a part in the decision. Hitchcock is under contract to Philadelphia through 2008-09, although the Blue Jackets believe they could pick up his $1.2 million deal without having to compensate the Flyers. Murray, on the other hand, made $800,000 in 2005-06, his final season with the Kings.

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