Carlyle lead the Ducks to their Stanley Cup title in 2007 after coming close in his first few seasons with the team. His first year with Anaheim was during the lockout-shortened 2004-05 season, when the Ducks made it to the Western Conference Finals. After leaving Anaheim in 2012, Carlyle coached the Toronto Maple Leafs up until midway through last season.
Boudreau was fired after the Ducks were eliminated in the first round by the Nashville Predators. He went 208-104-40 with the Ducks, winning four consecutive Pacific Division titles. His team fell in Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals last year, one of four straight Game-7 losses at home.
General manager Bob Murry feels good about his recent decisions, stating "I know in my heart that this is the right move at this time for this hockey team." Carlyle does have a playing history, active in 1,055 games, winning the Norris Trophy in the 1980-81 season. He looks to bring that experience back to Anaheim for more success with a team that is too use to falling just short.