Ducks fire head coach Randy Carlyle as losing streak stretches to seven games

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After dropping their seventh game in a row to Philadelphia on Saturday night, the Anaheim Ducks have relieved head coach Randy Carlyle of his duties.

Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray is set to take over as interim head coach for the remainder of the 2018-19 regular season. The search for a new head coach will reportedly begin in the offseason.

“We thank Randy for everything he has done for the organization,” said Murray in a statement shared with “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.”

Carlyle enjoyed two successful stints as the Ducks’ head coach, beginning in 2005-06 when the team was still known as the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. He was fired during the 2011-12 season and was replaced by Bruce Boudreau, who had just been fired by the Washington Capitals three days prior. Carlyle returned to the Ducks in 2016 after nearly three seasons as head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Carlyle leaves the Ducks as the winningest head coach in team history, going 384-256-96 in 736 games with the organization. He led the Ducks to a Stanley Cup championship in 2007, as well as three appearances in the Western Conference Final in 2006, 2007 and 2017. He ranks 27th in NHL history with 49 playoff wins as a head coach, earning 46 of those postseason victories with Anaheim.

Murray, a three-time finalist for NHL General Manager of the Year — he won the award in 2013-14 — is the longest-serving and winningest GM in team history with a 445-279-101 record in 825 games. He signed a two-year contract extension with the club on December 8, 2018.

Before the 2018-19 season went off the rails for Anaheim — the team has lost 20 of its last 26 games — Murray had led the Ducks to six consecutive playoff berths, the second-longest active streak behind the Pittsburgh Penguins, who have qualified for the postseason every year since 2006-07. The bottom-dwelling Ducks are currently six points out of a wildcard spot in the Western conference.

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