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Ducks Sign Carlyle to One-Year Extension

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks
The Ducks have signed head coach Randy Carlyle to a one-year contract extension through the 2011-12 NHL season. Per club policy, financial terms were not disclosed.

“Randy has done a terrific job for us over the last six seasons,” said Ducks Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray. “His record speaks for itself and we are pleased to have him leading our club going forward.”

Carlyle, 54 (4/19/56), was named the seventh head coach in team history on Aug. 1, 2005 and has since led the Ducks to their first Stanley Cup championship (2007), Pacific Division championship (2007) and a franchise-record four consecutive trips to the postseason from 2005-09. Under his guidance, the Ducks have won more playoff games (34) since 2005-06 than any other team with the exception of Detroit (48) and Pittsburgh (38). Carlyle has the most wins and highest winning percentage in Ducks history, compiling a 235-152-56 record in 443 career NHL games (.594 winning percentage). Carlyle coached his 400th career NHL regular season game on Mar. 23, 2010 at Calgary and earned his 200th career win as an NHL head coach on Jan. 10, 2010 at Chicago.

“I’m obviously very grateful to be given an extension, them giving me an opportunity to work with some of these younger players," Carlyle said while on the road with the Ducks in Washington (where they play tomorrow night). "We think we’ve taken some steps with our younger group but again, we’re still a work in progress. It’s encouraging, the development of these players. Hopefully, they can become NHL regulars on a day-to-day basis. I’m given an opportunity to stay with them a little bit longer here.”

Carlyle led the Ducks to a franchise-record fourth consecutive playoff appearance in 2008-09 with a 42-33-7 record for 92 points, ranking second in the Pacific Division and eighth in the Western Conference. With a 4-2 series win over San Jose in the Western Conference Quarterfinals, the Ducks became the fifth team to upset the NHL’s best regular season team (by standings points) in the first round since the Expansion Era began (1967-68). The Ducks were also just the 11th team in NHL history to defeat a team who earned 110-or-more standings points during the regular season in the first round. With the series victory, Anaheim advanced to the second round of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs to face Detroit for the fifth time in franchise history. The Ducks stretched the Western Conference Semifinals to seven games before falling short in Game 7 at Detroit.

In the most memorable season in team history, Carlyle guided the Ducks to their first ever Stanley Cup championship in 2007. 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. The club set franchise records in most major statistical categories, including wins, standings points and goals (254) – eclipsing marks the team set in 2005-06.

“I’m happy for him,” said Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf. "Obviously, he’s working and he’s doing his job. We’ve been through a lot of good times, and some tough times, so we’re happy for him as a group. He’s going to be here for the next couple years, and we’re excited about it.”

In his first year as an NHL head coach in 2005-06, Carlyle took the Ducks to the 2006 Western Conference Finals following series wins over Calgary and Colorado. Anaheim’s playoff run followed the then best regular season performance in team history, establishing club records in wins (43), points (98) and goals scored (251).

More quotes from Carlyle:

On whether the extension is a vote of confidence from Bob Murray

When we came here, we were all on the same page. The group has changed, the dynamics of it, with Burkie (former general manager Brian Burke) gone to Toronto. Murph moved into the chair. We see the game very similar from a standpoint of the way we expect it to be played and the way we’d like our players to play.

On the team's direction
That is probably the most critical point for any coach and general manager relationship is an understanding of how our team has to play. We’ve been pretty solid and committed to continuing playing that way. We feel that you have to play an up-tempo, skating game, a strong forechecking game and you have to be responsible defensively to give yourself a chance. That’s a commitment that we’re going to try to enforce with our players and throughout our organization.

On being one of the league's longest-tenured coaches

Time flies. I’m telling you. I think what you look at is you’re afforded an opportunity to work for a great owner in the Samueli family. They have been very, very consistent and supportive of the things that we’ve tried to do. That starts at the top, their commitment to the hockey club and to Orange County. It’s a reinforcement of that to the rest of management.

We realize there are hurdles that you have to overcome. There are peaks and valleys that happen in pro sports. It’s not always the easiest thing to do in some situations, but I feel very, very fortunate to be able to work for this group of people.
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