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Kesler wants 'good bench coach' for Ducks: report

Forward says 'doing things on the fly' important to Anaheim's improvement

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Forward Ryan Kesler weighed in this week on the Anaheim Ducks' coaching search.

"We just need a good bench coach, a coach that does things on the fly and makes changes during the game and not just between periods," Kesler told The Province in Vancouver. "We need a coach that holds everybody accountable, not just certain guys. We need a coach to come in and just be a good motivator and do what a coach does.

"The biggest thing is, we need a good bench coach for strategies. But it's not my job to pick a coach because there are a lot of good ones out there."

Bruce Boudreau was fired by the Ducks on April 29, two days after Anaheim lost Game 7 of the Western Conference First Round to the Nashville Predators. The 2-1 loss marked the fourth straight season the Ducks lost a Game 7 in the Stanley Cup Playoffs under Boudreau.

Randy Carlyle, who coached the Ducks from 2005-11, Travis Green and Mike Yeo reportedly are candidates to replace him. Kesler played for Carlyle with Manitoba of the American Hockey League in 2004-05

"I remember that he probably played me 30 minutes a night," Kesler told the newspaper. "He was a very good bench coach and very detailed. We worked on faceoff plays every practice and on the power play every practice, things that you really need to work on every day."

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