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Ducks fire Randy Carlyle, hire Bruce Boudreau

Thursday, 12.01.2011 / 1:42 AM / News

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Ducks fire Randy Carlyle, hire Bruce Boudreau

The Anaheim Ducks fired coach Randy Carlyle after Wednesday night's 4-1 victory against Montreal and replaced him with Bruce Boudreau, who was fired Monday as coach of the Washington Capitals.

Randy Carlyle career highlights



A look at the career of Randy Carlyle, replaced on Wednesday night as coach of the Anaheim Ducks:

1976 -- Taken by Toronto in the second round (No. 30) of the NHL Draft.

1978 -- Traded to Pittsburgh Penguins.

1981 -- Wins Norris Trophy as NHL's best defenseman after scoring 16 goals and adding 67 assists for 83 points in 76 games.

1984 -- Traded to Winnipeg Jets in midseason; stays with Jets until his playing career ends in 1993. He finishes with 148 goals, 499 assists, 647 points and 1,400 PIM in 1,055 regular-season games.

1996 -- Named coach of the Manitoba Moose of the International Hockey League after the Jets moved to Phoenix. Also served as general manager from

1996-2000; coached through 2000-01 and served as team president in 2001-02.

2002 -- Joined Washington Capitals as an assistant coach.

2004 -- Returned to Moose, now in the AHL, as coach.

2005 -- Named as coach of the Anaheim Ducks on Aug. 1, 2005. Led Ducks to Pacific Division title and Stanley Cup in 2006-07.

2008 -- Passed Ron Wilson as winningest coach in franchise history with his 121st victory, a 2-1 win against New Jersey.

2011 -- Fired by Ducks after a 4-1 win against Montreal on Nov. 30. Ended his tenure with the Ducks with a 273-182-61 record.
The Ducks also relieved assistant coaches Dave Farrish and Mike Foligno, and video coordinator Joe Trotta of their duties. Brad Lauer was added as an assistant coach. One additional assistant will be named later.

"This was an extremely difficult decision," Executive Vice President and General Manager Bob Murray said in a statement. "Randy is a terrific head coach and did a tremendous job for us for six-plus seasons. We thank him greatly for his hard work and dedication to our franchise, not the least of which was a Stanley Cup championship. At this time, we simply felt a new voice was needed. Bruce is a proven winner with a great track record, and we are optimistic we can turn this season around under his leadership."

Even after beating the Canadiens, Anaheim takes a 7-13-4 record into Friday's game against Philadelphia. The Ducks are 14th in the Western Conference and 29th in the overall standings.

The Caps started the season by winning their first seven games, but went 5-9-1 after their fast start and Boudreau was replaced by Dale Hunter on Monday.

Boudreau, 56, was hired as coach of the Capitals on Nov. 22, 2007, and compiled a regular-season record of 201-88-40 -- making him the fastest coach in modern-day NHL history to reach 200 victories. Boudreau won the 2007-08 Jack Adams award as the NHL Coach of the Year and led his club to the 2009-10 Presidents' Trophy as the NHL's regular-season champions. The Caps won the Southeast Division four times under Boudreau. In 2008-09, Boudreau led the Capitals to their first playoff series win since 1998. In addition to the Presidents' Trophy, the 2009-10 club set team records for wins (54), points (121), and goals (313).

Before joining the Capitals, Boudreau spent nine seasons as an AHL bench boss, leading the Hershey Bears, Washington's top farm team, to the Calder Cup in 2006.

Boudreau played parts of eight NHL seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs and Chicago Blackhawks from 1976-86, scoring 28 goals and 70 points in 141 career games. The Toronto native ranks 11th all-time in scoring in AHL history with 316 goals and 799 points. No AHL player in the 1980s notched more points than Boudreau. He won the 1987-88 John B. Sollenberger Trophy for leading the league in scoring, and was also a member of the 1992 Calder Cup champion Adirondack Red Wings.

Lauer, 45, was named assistant coach of the Syracuse Crunch, Anaheim's primary development affiliate in the AHL, on July 12, 2011. Lauer most recently served as an NHL assistant coach with the Ottawa Senators from 2009-11. He played 323 NHL games with the Islanders, Chicago, Ottawa and Pittsburgh, scoring 44 goals and 111 points.

Carlyle, 55, was named the seventh coach in Ducks history on Aug. 1, 2005, and led the Ducks to their first Stanley Cup championship (2007), as well as five playoff appearances in six seasons (2005-09, 2011). He compiled a record of 273-182-61 record in 516 career games with Anaheim, recording the most wins and highest win percentage in club history.  

In the most memorable season in team history, Carlyle guided the Ducks to their first-ever Stanley Cup championship in 2007, beating Ottawa in a five-game Final. Helping Anaheim become the first California team to win hockey's ultimate prize, Carlyle also led Anaheim to its first Pacific Division championship in 2006-07, compiling a regular-season record of 48-20-14 for 110 points.
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