Anaheim Ducks sign Coach Randy Carlyle to contract extension
Carlyle's previous contract was set to expire after the upcoming season. If he stays on through his new deal, he'll have been the Ducks' coach for nine seasons.
"He's a good coach," Ducks General Manager Bob Murray said in a conference call. "We're always competitive no matter what kind of team we throw at him. He takes what you give him and he tries to find a way to win."
Carlyle, 55, said he and team officials have been discussing a new contract, the terms of which were not disclosed, since the season ended. He said he feels fortunate to stay with the Ducks, the team that hired him in 2005 to become its seventh head coach.
"That's probably the most rewarding thing is to work with people who view the game the same way I view it," he said in the conference call.
Aside from leading the team to its first Stanley Cup in 2007, Carlyle's most successful season was 2008-09, when the Ducks beat No. 1 seed and President's Trophy winner San Jose in six games in the first round of the playoffs and then took the Detroit Red Wings to seven games in the conference semifinals before being defeated.
This past season, he guided the team to the No. 4 seed in the Western Conference. His teams have advanced to the playoffs in five of the last six seasons.
Carlyle is the winningest coach in franchise history at 266-169-57, and he has compiled a .599 winning percentage in 492 regular-season games.
-- Baxter Holmes
Photo: Randy Carlyle. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times