Ducks fire Carlyle amid losing streak
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.