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Anaheim Ducks give coach Randy Carlyle one year extension


James O’Brien

Early in November, Anaheim Ducks general manager Bob Murray gave head coach Randy Carlyle the dreaded “vote of confidence.”

It’s one thing to get the verbal thumbs up (some might say kiss of death), but Carlyle received a much more concrete vote of confidence today: the team gave him a one-year contract extension.

Carlyle’s contract was set to expire after this season, so this just about assures that he’ll be their coach through 2011-12 ... unless they choose to fire him later on. (If so, at least it will give Carlyle more financial stability.)

The team also gave a one-year extension to David McNab, a front office employee who has been with the Ducks for 18 years (their entire existence as an NHL franchise). His current title with the team is senior vice president.

Here is a quick summary of Carlyle’s six-season stay as the Ducks’ head coach, which includes a Stanley Cup victory.

The 54-year-old Carlyle led the Ducks to their first Stanley Cup championship (2007), Pacific Division championship (2007) and a franchise-record four consecutive trips to the postseason from 2005-09. Under his guidance, Anaheim has won more playoff games (34) since 2005-06 than any other team with the exception of Detroit (48) and Pittsburgh (38). Carlyle has the most wins and highest winning percentage in Ducks history, compiling a 235-152-56 record in 443 games (.594 winning percentage).

Sounds like the kind of coach you want to keep around for a while.