Anaheim Ducks give coach Randy Carlyle one year extension

Early in November, Anaheim Ducks general manager Bob Murray gave head coach Randy Carlyle the dreaded “vote of confidence.”

It’s one thing to get the verbal thumbs up (some might say kiss of death), but Carlyle received a much more concrete vote of confidence today: the team gave him a one-year contract extension.

Carlyle’s contract was set to expire after this season, so this just about assures that he’ll be their coach through 2011-12 … unless they choose to fire him later on. (If so, at least it will give Carlyle more financial stability.)

The team also gave a one-year extension to David McNab, a front office employee who has been with the Ducks for 18 years (their entire existence as an NHL franchise). His current title with the team is senior vice president.

Here is a quick summary of Carlyle’s six-season stay as the Ducks’ head coach, which includes a Stanley Cup victory.

The 54-year-old Carlyle led the Ducks to their first Stanley Cup championship (2007), Pacific Division championship (2007) and a franchise-record four consecutive trips to the postseason from 2005-09. Under his guidance, Anaheim has won more playoff games (34) since 2005-06 than any other team with the exception of Detroit (48) and Pittsburgh (38). Carlyle has the most wins and highest winning percentage in Ducks history, compiling a 235-152-56 record in 443 games (.594 winning percentage).

Sounds like the kind of coach you want to keep around for a while.

Stars place Lehtonen on IR, call up Campbell and Nemeth

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Kari Lehtonen will miss at least a few games with the upper-body injury he suffered the other night against Ottawa. The Dallas Stars announced today that they’ve placed the 32-year-old goalie on injured reserve, retroactive to Tuesday.

With Lehtonen out, Jack Campbell has been called up from AHL Texas to be Antti Niemi‘s backup. The Stars host Vancouver Friday, with a game at Minnesota Saturday.

Campbell, the 11th overall pick in the 2010 draft, has struggled in the AHL this season, going 3-3-0 with an .873 save percentage.

The Stars have also recalled defenseman Patrik Nemeth.

Related: Campbell credits ECHL stint for turning his game around

Gleason ends tryout with ‘Canes

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Tim Gleason has likely played his last NHL game. The 32-year-old defenseman has informed the Carolina Hurricanes that he no longer wishes to continue his professional tryout.

“Tim informed us today he wasn’t going to continue to pursue his tryout,” said GM Ron Francis, per the club’s website. “He looked and felt good physically, but didn’t feel up to the grind of the NHL mentally.”

Gleason started last season with Carolina before he was traded to Washington in February.

In his career, he’s played 727 NHL games, plus 32 more in the playoffs.

Isles call Strome back up

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Ryan Strome has been called back to the New York Islanders, the club announced this morning.

The 22-year-old returns to the NHL after eight games with AHL Bridgeport Sound. He had been sent there three weeks ago, after a tough start to the season.

Strome had two goals and two assists during his stint with the Tigers.

The Isles’ next game is Friday at Florida.

McLellan on Oilers’ loss to ‘Canes: ‘That’s a really disappointing effort from our hockey club’

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With the addition of Connor McDavid, 2015-16 was supposed to be the year Edmonton showed significant progress on the ice.

We’re less than two months into the season, McDavid’s out because of a broken clavicle, and the so-called progress just hasn’t been there.

On Wednesday, the Oilers hit a new low, as they were handed their fifth loss in their last six games at the hands of the Carolina Hurricanes.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins opened the scoring in the first period, but Carolina answered with four unanswered goals by Jordan Staal, Elias Lindholm, Jeff Skinner and Andrej Nestrasil to win 4-1.

“We got outcompeted in the second period, badly,” Mark Letestu told the team’s website. “Whether it was little puck battles or even just executing on systems. It played right into their game. When you get behind a team like this that’s so dominant in the circle it’s tough to generate chances to come back. We didn’t deserve to win this one at all.”

As if things weren’t bad enough, the Oilers also lost Nail Yakupov to injury after a linesman (yes, a linesman) fell on top of him.

After the game, head coach Todd McLellan didn’t hold back:

Edmonton collected 14 points in the first 22 games of the 2014-15 season and after the same amount of games this year, they have just one more point.

They’re currently alone in last place.