By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Anaheim Ducks fired head coach Randy Carlyle on Sunday. This news comes one day after the Ducks were defeated 6-2 by the Philadelphia Flyers in Philadelphia, Pa.
Carlyle will be replaced by Executive Vice President and General Manager Bob Murray. He will finish the season as the interim head coach until the team can find a new coach.
“We thank Randy for everything he has done for the organization,” said Murray. “Leading the team to a Stanley Cup and three conference final appearances, he has accomplished so much in Anaheim. Difficult decisions need to be made when times are tough, and our play has clearly been unacceptable. We have a tradition of success in Anaheim and we need to get back to that.”
The Ducks are tied for worst in the Pacific Division with 51 points. They are tied with the Los Angeles Kings, who previously fired their head coach in November.
This season, the Ducks have a 21-26-9 record in 56 games. They have scored 127 goals and allowed 182. This is a -55 differential, which is the worst in the league.
Murray will coach the team on Wednesday following a long road trip. The Vancouver Canucks visits Anaheim on Wednesday night with a 10:30 pm EST time start.
Carlyle was the winningest coach in Ducks history. He also helped guide the team to the Stanley Cup Championship in 2007. During his tenure, Anaheim also went to three Western Conference Finals (2006, 2007, and 2017).
This is the sixth NHL head coaching change since the season started. Carlyle was the first head coach fired since the Flyers fired its head coach Dave Hakstol on Dec. 17 after going 12-15-4 to begin the season.
Carlyle originally led the team from 2005-06 through 2011-12 when he was fired 24 games into the season. He then returned before the 2016-17 season.
He also coached three plus seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
As a head coach, he is 475-334-115 in 924 games. He also has a 49-41 record, including one Stanley Cup Championship in eight playoff appearances.