ANAHEIM, Calif. -- After Randy Carlyle was fired as Anaheim coach on Nov. 30, Ducks players acknowledged that it was time for a new voice in the locker room. But they also took part ownership for not playing up to standards during a disastrous first two months of the season.
The Ducks still have plenty of respect for Carlyle -- after all, he's the only Stanley Cup-winning coach in franchise history -- and they predictably were happy to hear that he was hired Friday as coach in Toronto under former Anaheim general manager Brian Burke, replacing Ron Wilson.
"I don't think there was any question that Randy was going to continue to coach in the League," forward Bobby Ryan said after Friday's 3-2 win against Calgary. "He had a great run here. He won a Cup. I think his resume speaks for itself."
Captain Ryan Getzlaf briefly talked with Carlyle after his firing but said he hadn't had any contact with him since, despite Carlyle being a regular at Ducks games doing scouting work. Getzlaf welcomed the news.
"I'm happy for him," Getzlaf said. "That's great. I'm excited for him and hopefully wish him all the best. It's a tough business for sure and we've kind of let him down as well. I've said that early in the year. But I'm excited for him."
In addition to Carlyle and Burke, Toronto has former Ducks winger Joffrey Lupul and former Ducks defenseman prospect Jake Gardiner on the roster.
"It seems like it's the Ducks of the East over there," Ryan said "They're just migrating over there. We hope there's no hard feelings and we wish him well in his new endeavors."