After months of pure mediocrity, changes are finally coming to Anaheim.
The Ducks have fired their head coach, Randy Carlyle, and will give Vice President and General Manager Bob Murray interim head coach duties. The team has quickly fallen down the standings, and have won just a handful of games in the past few months.
BREAKING: Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray will take over as interim head coach for the remainder of the regular season. Randy Carlyle has been relieved of his duties.https://t.co/HnXu4WpJZv— Anaheim Ducks (@AnaheimDucks) February 10, 2019
The Ducks have been the worst team in the league recently, and it was only a matter of time before their coach was relieved of his duties.
Murray has no prior coaching experience, but he'll look to turn around his Ducks as both a GM and now head coach. Since Dec. 18th, the Ducks have won just two games logging a brutal goal differential of -48.
Since joining the team, Carlyle has boasted a 111-74-35 record, but the 2019 season has been nothing short of a disaster for the Ducks.
Not surprised Bob Murray fired Randy Carlyle with the way the Ducks were playing. Not surprised Murray is taking over as interim coach. I'm sure he wants to see what is happening firsthand and there isn't an assistant on the staff with NHL or AHL head coaching experience.— Dan Rosen (@drosennhl) February 10, 2019
The Ducks have few to no option at head coach right now, thus leaving Murray as the only workable interim candidate.
With the NHL trade deadline just a few weeks away, Murray may look to sell assets and try to angle towards the future for his squad. However, the Ducks are still in the playoff race, as they're just a handful of points out of the last Wild Card spot.