Ducks Hire Bruce Boudreau To Replace Randy Carlyle As Head Coach

Head coach Bruce Boudreau

Bruce Boudreau (John E. Sokolowski-US PRESSWIRE)

The Anaheim Ducks have announced that they have hired former Washington Capitals head coach Bruce Boudreau to replace Randy Carlyle as the head coach of the Ducks.  Carlyle’s 7-season tenure with Anaheim came to an end after the Ducks faltered to a 7-13-4 start, including a 2-8-3 record in November.

Boudreau had a 201-88-40 record with the Washington Capitals, including an astounding 37-17-7 turnaround after taking over for the last-place Capitals who had begun the 2007-2008 season with a 6-14-1 start.  A winner of the Jack Adams Trophy as the NHL’s best coach, he reached 200 victories faster than any other coach in modern NHL history and has had more success (184 victories) in his first 300 games than any other coach in NHL history.  While coaching in the AHL, Boudreau led the Hershey Bears to two consecutive Calder Cup Finals, including a championship title in 2006.

Carlyle was the most successful coach in Ducks history, recording the most wins (273) and the greatest win percentage (.588).  Since joining Anaheim in 2005, Carlyle led the Ducks to five playoff appearances in six seasons, including the franchise’s only Stanley Cup Championship in 2007.

Along with the firing of Carlyle, the rest of the coaching staff has been let go, including assistant coaches Dave Farrish and Mike Foligno as well as Video Coordinator Joe Trotta.  Brad Lauer has been brought in as an assistant coach.  Lauer was most recently an assistant coach with the Syracuse Crunch, and has NHL coaching experience as an assistant coach with the Ottawa Senators from 2009-2011.

Read The Anaheim Ducks Report’s full analysis of the Boudreau hiring here.

Read the official release here.

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