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Carlyle hired as Ducks coach

Returns for second stint with Anaheim; led team to 2007 Stanley Cup

by Abbey Mastracco / Correspondent

ANAHEIM -- They say everything old becomes new again. That became true for the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday when they announced Randy Carlyle was hired as coach.

Carlyle, who coached Anaheim to the 2007 Stanley Cup, replaces Bruce Boudreau, who was fired April 29 after the Ducks were eliminated by the Nashville Predators in seven games in the Western Conference First Round. Carlyle, 60, coached the Ducks from 2005-11, going 273-182-61 as their all-time leader in wins. 

"We worked long and hard on this, analyzed, did our background checks and everything just came back to Randy in the end," Ducks general manager Bob Murray said at Honda Center. "He's going to have immediate respect when he comes into the locker room. He is well-known as an excellent bench coach.

"He will hold people in the organization accountable, and that's just not on the ice during games. He'll do it in practice, he'll do it in the weight room, he'll hold everybody accountable."

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Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf, forwards Corey Perry and Andrew Cogliano, and defenseman Cam Fowler remain from Carlyle's first stint in Anaheim. Center Ryan Kesler and defenseman Kevin Bieksa played for Carlyle with Manitoba in the International Hockey League.

Murray said the players expressed excitement about bringing Carlyle back.

"I normally wouldn't do that, but I reached out to a few of them and just said, 'Hey, this is where I'm headed,'" Murray said, "and I got nothing but good feedback. They were unbelievably supportive and were even pushing for him."

Carlyle coached the Toronto Maple Leafs from 2011-15. He was 91-78-19 before being fired Jan. 6, 2015.

"I've been taught to be patient, pay your dues and sometimes keep your mouth shut vs. saying, 'I know everything,'" Carlyle said. "I know there are opportunities there to continually evolve, and if you're not going to evolve as a coach, you're going to get lost. I've done my homework from what's going on in [the NHL] and I've been afforded that luxury from coming into this building every day for the last six months."

Carlyle remained an omnipresent figure here, often seen in the press box doing advanced scouting work and maintaining a Southern California residence in Encinitas, a beachside community in San Diego County. The Carlyle family has been involved with the Ducks' American Hockey League affiliate in San Diego, with one son coaching in the organization and another running the pro shop at its practice rink.

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This new-age Carlyle comes in stark contrast to the strict disciplinarian approach he once took with the Ducks. If discipline is what he wants, he can look to assistants Trent Yawney and Paul MacLean, who each has adopted some of that in his coaching style. It is not known whether either or both will return.

"There's things that I did 10 years ago that I wouldn't do today," Carlyle said. "Today's athletes are much different. The players of today want to be heard, they want to have a voice, they want to participate. And you have to be willing to let them have their say."

However, there's still a little of the old Carlyle left in him. Murray is counting on that mix of new and old to reinvigorate a team built to win now.

"The largest factor will be what's necessary not for the individual, but for the team," Carlyle said. "That's going to put pressure on some people and that's going to be front-and-center from Day One.

"When I leave this podium, this is going to be the message: There are going to be some changes of the way things are done. They're not going to be drastic, but your commitment is going to be required. Your role might change and some might change more dramatically than others, but we're going to do what's best, and we're and going to make every decision based on what's best for the Anaheim Ducks to achieve their goal, and our goal is obviously to win the Stanley Cup."

With the Ducks hiring Carlyle, the Calgary Flames are the only NHL team without a coach.

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