-Randy Carlyle – The Hockey News
It appears as though Randy Carlyle is doing something right in Anaheim as the Ducks decided to extend the contract of their head coach for another three-years.
Carlyle’s contract was scheduled to run out at the end of this season, but the Ducks made sure that would not occur as he is now locked up through the 2013-14 season.
A no brainer for the Ducks organization as Carlyle is the all time leader for victories in their franchise as he boasts a 266-169-57 record since August 2005. He also has been the only coach to lead them to all the way since their expansion in 1993 as he lead them past the Ottawa Senators in 2007 for the Stanley Cup.
“Coaching has been a lot of fun,” Carlyle said. “I’ve been very fortunate to have (a high) quality of players and management behind me. That’s the type of organization and hockey club you want to represent.”
Even in just 6 seasons Carlyle has been able to keep this team successful even though they have gone through some total roster and style changes, from the hardworking bluenosed play of Scott Neidermayer and Chris Pronger to the fast, speedy style of MVP Corey Perry, captain Ryan Getzlaf and young gun Bobby Ryan.
Carlyle played a major roll this season in getting his team into the playoffs. A club which sat 11th in the West managed to turn itself around and put on major winning streak, catapulting itself into 4th in the West was all planned and run perfectly by Carlyle.
“He has proven that he’s good coach,” said Anaheim general manager Bob Murray, who inherited Carlyle from departed GM Brian Burke. “We’re always competitive, no matter what kind of team we have.”
The Ducks’ have made the playoffs five times out of 6 seasons under Carlyle’s rein. Only Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock, who was in charge during the then-Mighty Ducks to the 2003 Stanley Cup finals, has won more playoff games than Carlyle over the last 6 years.