The sinking ship that was the Anaheim Ducks hit another iceberg on Saturday, and that meant a new captain on Sunday.
After a 6-2 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers, the team management cut loose Randy Carlyle and placed Bob Murray, the team’s executive vice president and general manager, in the role of interim head coach for the rest of the season.
“We thank Randy for everything he has done for the organization,” said Murray. “Leading the team to a Stanley Cup and three conference final appearances, he has accomplished so much in Anaheim. Difficult decisions need to be made when times are tough, and our play has clearly been unacceptable. We have a tradition of success in Anaheim and we need to get back to that.”
Saturday’s loss dropped the team record to 21-26-9. That was worth 51 points and tumbled the Ducks into a tie with the Los Angeles Kings for eighth and last place in the NHL Pacific Division.
It was Anaheim’s seventh straight defeat and 19th defeat in 21 games. Only three teams in the NHL have worse records.
The Ducks will try to snap out of their funk on Wednesday hosting the Vancouver Canucks (25-24-7, 57 points) who are in fourth place in the Pacific Division.