The Ducks have fired coach Randy Carlyle, the team announced Sunday.
In his place, general manager and executive vice president Bob Murray will serve as the team’s interim coach.
“We thank Randy for everything he has done for the organization,” said Murray. “Leading the team to a Stanley Cup and three conference final appearances, he has accomplished so much in Anaheim. Difficult decisions need to be made when times are tough, and our play has clearly been unacceptable. We have a tradition of success in Anaheim and we need to get back to that.”
It’s surprising the Ducks have elected Murray, since he doesn’t have any coaching experience at the professional level.
The decision to fire Carlyle comes after the Ducks lost 6-2 to the Flyers Saturday night, making their record 21-26-9 and last in the Pacific Division. They currently have a seven-game losing streak.
Carlyle, who is the winningest coach in Ducks history, was in his second stint with the team. In his second season with the franchise, he led them to a Stanley Cup win in 2007.
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During the 2011-12 season, Carlyle was fired after a slow start to the year. He was then hired by the Maple Leafs, but was fired in 2015.
The Ducks hired him again in 2016 and led the team to a conference title in 2017.
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