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by Paul on 12/03/11 at 05:02 PM ET
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Calling it an emotional time for him and his family, Carlyle had nothing but good things to say about the organization that employed him since 2005. Carlyle coached the Ducks to a Stanley Cup championship in June 2007.
“I was very fortunate and I want to thank the Samueli family,” he said of the Ducks owners. “This whole experience was nothing but positive for me and my family. What went down in the end, obviously I’m not happy about it but that’s the nature of sports. We didn’t win and that’s the bottom line.”
General manager Bob Murray informed Carlyle of the coaching change after Wednesday night’s 4-1 win over Montreal. Carlyle took the news hard.
“Murph (Murray) and I had a difference of opinion on how things were going. That happens,” said Carlyle. “But the way I look at it, I want the team to win. I wish them all the luck. I want the Anaheim Ducks to win hockey games. Right now though, it’s tougher on my family more than anything.”
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