Several sources thought Randy Carlyle would be the next head coach relieved of his duties. Late Wednesday night, it was made official after the Anaheim Ducks snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 4-1 win over the Montréal Canadiens, Carlyle was canned.
"Randy is a terrific head coach and did a tremendous job for us for six-plus seasons. We thank him greatly for his hard work and dedication to our franchise, not the least of which was a Stanley Cup championship. At this time, we simply felt a new voice was needed," GM Bob Murray said in a team statement.
I am not surprised Bruce Boudreau who himself was fired Monday by the Washington Capitals is the hire in Anaheim. In fact, I informed a few people who asked where will Boudreau end up? To expect him to show up Anaheim.
"Bruce is a proven winner with a great track record and we are optimistic we can turn this season around under his leadership''.
There's no question Bruce Boudreau is a fantastic head coach; it should be a surprise to nobody that he was hired again so quickly. Just last week, Boudreau became the fastest coach to win 200 NHL regular-season games. The biggest question concerning Bruce is, does he have what it takes to win a Stanley Cup Championship... something Randy Carlyle did with these Anaheim Ducks in 2007.
Teams always say they need a "new voice," that's what Bruce Boudreau is for these Anaheim Ducks. Good look in your new role coach Boudreau.
Randy Carlyle's firing was not unexpected. However, like Boudreau, Carlyle should not have to wait long for his next NHL coaching opportunity. This is a guy who lead Anaheim into the post-season five of six years.