Randy Carlyle is Trying to Sort Things Out in Wake Offiring by Ducks

Randy Carlyle, who coached the Ducks to the Stanley Cup title in 2007 but was fired Wednesday because of the team’s prolonged struggles, said Saturday he has been traveling "an emotional road" since his dismissal and will take a brief fishing trip to Northern California before considering his hockey future. Carlyle’s last game was a 4-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday, which ended the Ducks’ losing streak at seven games. However, General Manager Bob Murray had decided that no matter the outcome, he would dismiss Carlyle and replace him with Bruce Boudreau, the former Washington Capitals coach.
Boudreau lost his Ducks debut when the team squandered a three-goal lead and fell, 4-3, in overtime Friday. It was much like many of the games Carlyle coached this season, in fact, with a team that lacks depth and discipline.

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Randy Carlyle is trying to sort things out in wake offiring by Ducks

Carlyle said he watched Friday’s game on TV. “I want them to win,” he said. “I look at the whole experience as being a positive one. I worked there for six-plus years and worked for wonderful people in the Samuelis [owners Henry and Susan]. People there were kind tome and to my family.

“I was given my first opportunity to coach in the NHL and I was ableto coach great players. I was supported wholeheartedly by management. The event was unfortunate, but what happened,overall, was positive.”

Carlyle said he felt he and assistants Dave Farrish and Mike Foligno had “emptied the tank” in trying to find ways to get their message across to players. Farrish and Foligno were fired too.

Randy Carlyle is trying to sort things out in wake offiring by Ducks

“It wasn’t like we were doing the same thing we had done the yearbefore or the year before that,” Carlyle said. “I thought we’d softened in a lot of ways becausethe situation was so intense that we felt they didn’t need more pressure. You make decisions and you live with them.”

He also said he wasn’t entirely surprised by what happened. “I’ve been in the business long enough to know where there’s smoke, there’s fire,” he said. “I’ve lived through some large-smoke situations before and we’ve gotten through it. This one was adifferent situation.

“We had different personnel and different areas where we found concerns. We just couldn’t be consistent.”

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  1. Posted December 4, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    Thanks for sharing.

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