Ducks fire Car­lyle amid los­ing streak

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - SCOREBOARD -

The Ana­heim Ducks fired coach Randy Car­lyle on Sun­day amid a seven-game los­ing streak.

The Ducks said gen­eral man­ager Bob Mur­ray would take over as in­terim coach for the re­main­der of the reg­u­lar sea­son. Ana­heim will name a new coach fol­low­ing the sea­son.

“What has hap­pened here lately and how we have played, it was time for change,” Mur­ray said dur­ing a con­fer­ence call. “Some peo­ple thought I waited far too long but this team has a his­tory of com­ing on and charg­ing late. I re­al­ized it wasn’t go­ing to hap­pen a few days ago that it wasn’t go­ing to hap­pen.”

Car­lyle, 62, the win­ningest coach in Ducks his­tory, was in his sec­ond stint with Ana­heim. He led the team to the Stan­ley Cup in 2007 and three ap­pear­ances in the West­ern Con­fer­ence Fi­nal (2006, 2007, 2017).

The Ducks made the playoffs in seven of Car­lyle’s eight full sea­sons with the team, go­ing 46-37 in the post­sea­son. They were swept out of the first round last sea­son.

Car­lyle pre­vi­ously coached the Toronto Maple Leafs. He went 384-256-96 in 736 games with Ana­heim.

But the team has strug­gled of late. Its loss to their Fly­ers on Satur­day was its 19th in the past 21 games. The Ducks were outscored 37-8 dur­ing their freefall.

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