Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 12/1/11

The end of a long run of futility wasn't enough for Anaheim Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle to keep his job.

Carlyle was fired late Wednesday night and immediately replaced by former Washington Capitals bench boss Bruce Boudreau. Assistant coaches Dave Farrish and Mike Foligno were also let go.

The Ducks issued a release about an hour after finishing off a 4-1 triumph over the visiting Montreal Canadiens, a win that halted a seven-game losing skid. It was just the third victory for Anaheim in its last 19 games.

Carlyle was on the hot seat for weeks after the Ducks fell into a cold funk that dropped the club near the bottom of the Western Conference standings. Rumors persisted that Anaheim may try to shake things up within the roster - forward Bobby Ryan's name was linked to several trade rumors - but general manager Bob Murray ultimatedly decided to replace Carlyle instead.

"This was an extremely difficult decision. At this time, we simply felt a new voice was needed," Murray said in a statement.

Carlyle was hired prior to the 2005-06 season. He led the Ducks to instant success, reaching the conference final in his first season before winning the Stanley Cup the following year. The Ducks failed to advance past the second round in the four years after their Cup triumph, though they only missed the post-season once during his tenure.

Carlyle, a former teammate of veteran Ducks forward Teemu Selanne, leaves with a record of 273-182-61.

Boudreau joins Anaheim just three days after he was fired by the Capitals and replaced by former Washington great Dale Hunter. The 56-year-old is the quickest to 200 victories in NHL coaching history, but his Washington teams struggled in the postseason and had stumbled this year following a 7-0-0 start.

"Bruce is a proven winner with a great track record, and we are optimistic we can turn this season around under his leadership," Murray said.

The Ducks also announced the hiring of Brad Lauer as one of Boudreau's assistants. He had served as an assistant with Anaheim's American Hockey League affiliate in Syracuse.

The team said it would appoint another assistant coach shortly.

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