The Ducks announced today that Head Coach Randy Carlyle has been signed to a three year extension. He was initially signed for just the 2011-2012 season. The new contract has revised the upcoming season, as well as securing Carlyle until the end of the 2013-2014 season.
Carlyle was brought on as head coach on August 1st, 2005 where he became the seventh head coach in the franchises’ history. Ever since he joined the team, the Ducks have found success not only in the regular season but the post-season as well. A great move locking him down for the next couple seasons.
Every year, I see tons of criticism about Carlyle, but the truth it he has done a great job with the Ducks. He led the Ducks to their first Stanley Cup run in franchise history, their first Pacific Division title and has led them to five play-off births in the six seasons he’s been coaching.
Carlyle has the most wins and highest winning percentage in Ducks history, compiling a 266-169-57 record in 492 regular season games with a .599 win percentage. He also holds the franchise record of most wins as head coach with 266.
Plain and simple, Carlyle is a boss. He has his ways of working with the young guys. Our top line, Perry-Getzlaf-Ryan, all started out as rookies under Carlyle’s wing and they are some of the top players in the league. He works well with the veterans like Selanne, Koivu and Visnovsky. I have never heard of any players not getting along with him or wanting to be traded because they did not get along with him.
Sure, the past few post-season appearances have been rather disappointing, but the blame is not all on Carlyle. That is playoff hockey. Having him for the next few seasons will be good for the team. Most of the players know his coaching style and are comfortable with it.
With the addition of the players obtained in the off-season and the signing of Carlyle, the Ducks have what it takes to make a deep playoff run.
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