Car­lyle gets ax af­ter lat­est los­ing streak

The Denver Post - - OFF & RUNNING - By Joe Reedy

Ana­heim A N A HEI M , CA LIF.

Ducks gen­eral man­ager Bob Mur­ray tried to give Randy Car­lyle as much time as pos­si­ble to turn things around. But a seven-game los­ing streak and free-fall into last place in the Western Con­fer­ence showed Mur­ray that a turn­around wasn’t com­ing soon.

Mur­ray an­nounced that he would take over as in­terim coach for the re­main­der of the reg­u­lar sea­son af­ter fir­ing Car­lyle on Sun­day. Ana­heim will hire 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 charg- ing late. I re­al­ized it wasn’t go­ing to hap­pen a few days ago that it wasn’t go­ing to hap­pen.”

Af­ter no fir­ings last year, the Ducks are the sixth team to make a change this sea­son, join­ing Los An­ge­les, Chicago, St. Louis, Ed­mon­ton and Philadel­phia.

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).

Ana­heim has made the play­offs six straight sea­sons but won just two of its last 21 games. The Ducks were se­cond in the Pa­cific Di­vi­sion on Dec. 18 af­ter win­ning 11 of 13, but they have gone 2-15-4 since.

Sat­ur­day’s 6-2 loss at Philadel­phia capped a five-game trip where the Ducks had been outscored 29-7, in­clud­ing 14-0 in the first pe­riod.

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