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Ducks Fire Carlyle, Boudreau Back In The Saddle Already
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Ducks Fire Carlyle, Boudreau Back In the Saddle Already

This NHL season has already seen four coaches lose their jobs, three of them in the same week. Davis Payne, former coach for the St. Louis Blues lost his job to become the first casualty of the season when he was fired in early November. Bruce Boudreau was fired from his position with the Washington Capitals on the same day that the Hurricanes fired Paul Maurice. Now, firing fever has come back to the Western Conference with the Anaheim Ducks announcing that seven year coach, Randy Carlyle has been fired along with several members of his staff.

Carlyle, was celebrating a 4-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens which snapped the team's seven game skid when Executive Vice President Bob Murray made the announcement. Calling it a "difficult decision" and citing Carlyle's success with the team in his past seven years, Murray said that the team needed to head in a whole new direction.

The Ducks, loaded with big name talent including fan favorite, Teemu Selanne, team captain, Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry as well as All Star Goaltender, Jonas Hiller, is sitting in the fourteenth position in the Western Conference, just above the equally floundering Columbus Blue Jackets. Carlyle had lead the team to the playoffs five times, with a 2007 Stanley Cup win, but this season has been his worst. After the win, Getzlaf talked about the frustrations that the team had and that changes needed to be made but did not know that is coach had been fired at the time.

Murray also announced that assistant coaching staff, Dave Farrish and Mike Foligno as well as the team's video coordinator, Joe Trotta has also been fired. Brad Lauer will serve as one assistant coach under new head coach Bruce Boudreau with another to be hired in the near future.

Boudreau had only been unemployed for a few days, after being fired by the Washington Capitals earlier in the week. His position will be taken by Dale Hunter, a first time coach. Hunter played for the team he will be taking over from 1987-1999, serving as team captain as well.

Boudreau has been described as an enthusiastic coach, nicknamed "Gabby" and has already drawn up plans to get the Ducks back on track. Capitals owner, Ted Leonsis, wrote in his blog that he was happy that Bruce had been hired so quickly and wished him all the best. He also added that he was glad that Boudreau was in the Western Conference.


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