Sam McMaster may no longer be the general manager for the Kings, but his last trade before being replaced by Dave Taylor is turning out to be a key deal, thanks to the emergence of right wing Glen Murray.
Murray, traded from Pittsburgh for Eddie Olczyk on March, 18, 1997, scored his third goal in his last two games in the Kings' 3-2 victory over Phoenix on Saturday. Murray has 24 goals, tying him with Yanic Perreault for the team lead.
"It was tough going from a playoff contender to a team that was pretty much out of the playoffs," Murray said about leaving the Penguins and joining the Kings, who haven't made the playoffs since the 1992-93 season. "But when you look at the long run, it can only benefit me, coming to a young team that is going forward."
The team's annual Tip-A-King charity benefit for the Kings Care Foundation will be held tonight from 6-9 on the sound stage at the 20th Century Fox Studios in Century City. Fans will have an opportunity to meet players and coaches where participants "tip" $1 for an autograph and $2 for a photo.