The Anaheim Ducks won their one and only Stanley Cup under head coach Randy Carlyle in 2007, when the then-bench boss helped the club become the first of the three California teams to win it all in the NHL.
Now, they may be looking to potentially bring him back.
The Ducks are reportedly planning to meet with Carlyle at some point today to discuss their vacant head coaching position, which would bring the team’s former coach back after just a five year absence from Southern California.
A native of Sudbury, Ontario, Carlyle ultimately played over 1,000 hockey games at the NHL level between the mid-1970’s and the early 1990’s. He first moved over to coaching in 1995, when he made the shift to assistant coach of the Winnipeg Jets – but since then, he’s spent his time with the IHL’s Manitoba Moose, the Washington Capitals, and both the Ducks and the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Most recently, Carlyle was dismissed as head coach of the Maple Leafs midway through the 2014-15 season, following a year that saw the Leafs fall from one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference to the bottom of the NHL standings. His struggles to keep the Leafs competitive – and the poor possession numbers his teams have seen under his tutelage – make him a curious choice for the Ducks to be considering, particularly considering that the club dismissed him just a few years ago.
If he can use his proven track record in the postseason with the Ducks to help the team reach the Stanley Cup Final again, though, a re-hire may not be the craziest thing in the world.