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Ducks to Hire Randy Carlyle as Head Coach

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The Anaheim Ducks Have Brought Back Randy Carlyle to be Head Coach

The Anaheim Ducks are bringing back a familiar face to lead their team. Randy Carlyle, who coached the team to their only Stanley Cup in 2007, will return as head coach of the Ducks, replacing former coach Bruce Boudreau, who took over for Carlyle in 2011. The Ducks announced the hiring on Twitter this morning.

Carlyle, 60, was originally hired by the Ducks in 2005 and led the team to a 43-27-12 record, earning them a playoff birth and a trip to the Western Conference Final, where they would lose to the Edmonton Oilers. They would return the next season, this time beating the Detroit Red Wings in the Conference Final before beating the Ottawa Senators to win the Stanley Cup, their first in Franchise history. The Ducks would make the playoffs in 3 of the next 4 seasons, but a rough start in the 2011 season would cause Carlyle to lose his job.

After being fired by the Ducks, Carlyle was hired at the end of the 2011-12 season by the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Maple Leafs would make the playoffs the following season, but would lose in the first round to the Boston Bruins. Toronto would miss the playoffs the following year, and Carlyle was fired after a disappointing start to the 2014-15 season.

As for the Ducks, they are looking for someone to help get them to the next level, the Stanley Cup. Under Boudreau, the Ducks won 4 straight Pacific Division titles, but could not find much playoff success, losing in the first round in 2 of their 4 playoff appearances. The Ducks reached the Western Conference Semifinal in the 2013-14 season but lost to the Los Angeles Kings, and reached the Western Conference Final the following season, but once again lost, this time to the Chicago Blackhawks.

General Manager Bob Murray made it very clear that the team expects to win the Stanley Cup.  “Our expectations are extremely high, and I believe Randy is the coach who can lead us to playoff success and our ultimate goal, the Stanley Cup.”

Carlyle said he has been following the team closely since leaving, and thinks the they should have no problem competing for the Stanley Cup right away.  “I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to come back to Anaheim and rejoin the organization that gave me my first opportunity as an NHL head coach. I’ve followed this team closely for the last couple of years and am familiar with the core group. I believe this team can win immediately and I can’t wait to get started.”