Larry Murphy certainly didn't see it coming.

Murphy said "it came out of the blue" last week when he was released as part of the Red Wings broadcasting crew for Fox Sports Detroit.

"I certainly wasn't expecting it; I was surprised," said Murphy, who had been with the network since 2002-03. "I was shocked. I didn't know anything was up. I certainly didn't see it coming."

Murphy was told of the decision by Greg Hammaren, senior vice-president/general manager of FSD. Hammeren said he had no comment.

"They said that ratings were down and they were looking to make changes," said Murphy, who turned to broadcasting after a Hall of Fame, 21-year career in the NHL, ending with the Red Wings.

"We wanted our primary team of Mickey Redmond and Ken Daniels to call the remaining games as the Red Wings make a push for the playoffs," FSD said in a statement. "We thought it was only fair to let Larry know as soon as possible that he would not be scheduled for any more assignments. We thank Larry for his contributions to our telecasts over the years and we wish him well."