Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle has presided over a winning atmosphere in Anaheim since 2005. It doesn't appear his reign will end any time soon.
The Ducks announced Monday that Carlyle has signed a new three-year contract that will take him through the 2013-14 NHL season. He was under contract for 2011-12, but the upcoming season is now included in his new pact.
Carlyle, Mike Babcock, Lindy Ruff and Barry Trotz are the only coaches who have been behind the same NHL bench since the 2005-06 season.
"I'm fortunate to be involved in the same organization since 2005 and I feel very comfortable," Carlyle said during a conference call. "I've been very fortunate to have the quality of players and the management team behind me. I can work with people that view the game the way I see it. We implement a program and we never lose sight that we're here to provide an environment for the players to have success and to win hockey games."
The Ducks have reached the playoffs in five of Carlyle's six seasons in Anaheim, winning the Stanley Cup and Pacific Division title in 2007. Only Babcock has won more postseason games than Carlyle (55-36) during the past six seasons.
Under Carlyle, the Ducks are 266-169-57 in 492 regular-season games. His 266 wins and .599 winning percentage are both tops in franchise history.
"We are always competitive," Ducks GM Bob Murray said. "No matter what kind of team we throw at him, he finds a way to make the team try to win. He does very well at it, as his record indicates. He's a good coach. His record speaks for itself."
Carlyle, who won the Norris Trophy with Winnipeg in 1981 and was a four-time All-Star, joined the coaching fraternity in 1996 as an assistant with the Manitoba Moose. He became coach the following season and kept that job until 2002, when he left to become an assistant with the Washington Capitals.
"I felt if I was going to become a NHL coach, I had to come back and re-acclimate myself to the NHL," Carlyle said. "I went there for two years."
Carlyle went back to Winnipeg to coach the Moose during the NHL's work stoppage season of 2004-05, but when the League returned, former Ducks' GM Brian Burke offered him the chance to come to Anaheim as the new coach. He was hired on Aug. 1, 2005. Less than two years later, the Ducks won their only Stanley Cup.
"As a player I never, ever said I would end up being a coach," Carlyle said. "I thought a coach was the guy that stood on the side of the boards, drank coffee and blew a whistle.
"Coaching has been a lot of fun."
Carlyle's new contract comes on the heels of Anaheim reaching the playoffs as the fourth seed in the Western Conference with 99 points (47-30-5) despite playing most of the second half without All-Star goalie Jonas Hiller. Behind Corey Perry's 19 goals and 11 assists, the Ducks went 15-5 in their final 20 games and clinched a playoff berth in their next-to-last game of the season.
Nashville eliminated Anaheim in six games, but Perry's dash to the finish line earned him the Hart Trophy as he finished with a League-leading 50 goals.
Carlyle, though, said he and his coaching staff have spent the summer months focusing on ways to make the Ducks better defensively so they don't have to make a frantic run to get into the playoffs like they did last season.
Anaheim was 20th in goals against (2.84 per game), 19th on the penalty kill (81.3 percent) and 26th in faceoffs (47.7 percent) last season.
"We were able to defend only to a level we just got by with," Carlyle said. "First and foremost, we want to become stronger defensively without giving up that offense. We have to be better in our penalty killing. We have to tweak some things, make a few adjustments and get better. Ultimately, we have to start with the puck."
Murray obviously believes Carlyle will find the answers.
"This is a coach who has won a Stanley Cup," Murray said. "He always digs down and competes. You have to love that."
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