Shortly after the Ducks beat the Montreal Canadiens 4-1 at Honda Center Wednesday Night, it was announced by the team that head coach Randy Carlyle had been fired and replaced with recently relieved Washington Caps coach Bruce Boudreau.
From the Orange County Register:
"This was an extremely difficult decision," General Manager Bob Murray said in a statement. "Randy is a terrific head coach, and did a tremendous job for us for six-plus seasons. We thank him greatly for his hard work and dedication to our franchise, not the least of which was a Stanley Cup championship.
"At this time, we simply felt a new voice was needed. Bruce is a proven winner with a great track record, and we are optimistic we can turn this season around under his leadership."
Fired along with Carlyle were assistant coaches Dave Farrish and Mike Foligno, and video coordinator Joe Trotta.
The firing comes in the wake of the Ducks' slow start, as the team currently sits at 14th out West, and 29th overall in the league.
Carlyle was hired in 2005, and in six seasons led the Ducks to five total playoff appearances and to the franchise's first Stanley Cup championship back in 2007.