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Ducks can Carlyle, name Boudreau head coach

Bruce Boudreau was unemployed for less than fired Capitals head coach has been named to the same position of the Anaheim Ducks.

Boudreau replaces Randy Carlyle, who was fired shortly after Wednesday's victory over the Canadiens, which improved the club's record to 7-13-4.

Carlyle had been the Ducks' head coach since 2005-06 and led them to their first Stanley Cup title the following season, but they missed the playoffs the last two years.

The Ducks went 273-182-61 during Carlyle's tenure.

Also let go were assistant coaches Dave Farrish and Mike Foligno, and video coordinator Joe Trotta, setting the stage for a new regime under Boudreau.

Boudreau had guided Washington to first-place finishes in the Southeast Division in each of the past four years after taking over behind the bench on November 22, 2007. However, the talent-laden team never advanced past the second round of the playoffs and was off to a middling start this season (12-9-1) before Boudreau was let go on Monday.

"This was an extremely difficult decision," said Ducks executive vice president/general manager Bob Murray. "Randy is a terrific head coach, and did a tremendous job for us for six-plus seasons. ... At this time, we simply felt a new voice was needed. Bruce is a proven winner with a great track record, and we are optimistic we can turn this season around under his leadership."

Boudreau had a record of 201-88-40 in the regular season and reached the 200- win plateau faster than any coach in modern NHL history, but the team managed only a 17-20 mark in the playoffs.

Brad Lauer was also added to the Ducks' staff as an assistant coach.