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None Ducks extend coach Randy Carlyle's contract through the 2018-19 season

on Wed Jun 07, 2017 12:22 pm
Skepticism was rife when Randy Carlyle began his second coaching leg with the Ducks last year. By the end of this season, it looked like the smartest move they could have made.

Carlyle’s success in his return season earned him a one-year contract extension through the 2018-19 season, with an option for 2019-20, the team announced Friday.

Carlyle said the extension was triggered by playoff performance criteria from his original contract, and that the familiarity with the franchise helped in that regard.

“I knew what the expectations were, all those things, and then it was basically up to us to kind of accomplish a few things,” Carlyle said. “There was some strategic points along the way that had to be hit. That’s what we were looking at is build a championship.”

Rehired under a two-year contract last June with the backing of veteran players, Carlyle’s steady bench acumen was the right fit for a team of playoff-tested older players and upstart younger ones. His level, no-nonsense approach got the Ducks within two wins of the Stanley Cup Final despite injuries to forwards Patrick Eaves, Rickard Rakell and goaltender John Gibson.

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