The Anaheim Ducks fired Randy Carlyle last night following their 4-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens, replacing him with Bruce Boudreau, who’d been fired just two days prior by the Washington Capitals.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: A bit unusual for a team to fire their coach following a win which snapped a lengthy losing skid. Evidently, Ducks management wanted to ensure they got Boudreau before he was hired by someone else. The belief around the league was the Ducks wouldn’t fire Carlyle as he was under contract for a couple of more seasons, and would instead trade a player, perhaps one of their stars like Bobby Ryan. While a trade is still possible, this hiring could put a damper on it for the time being.
**UPDATE** The Ducks also fired all their assistant coaches, including assistant coaches Dave Farrish and Mike Foligno and video co-ordinator Joe Trotta. TSN.CA and The Orange County Register have the details.