Randy Carlyle

Carlyle on Ducks: “I wish them all the luck”

Bruce Boudreau’s lightning-fast turnaround stole much of the spotlight from the guy he replaced in Anaheim: Randy Carlyle. Obviously the unusual nature of that situation and Boudreau’s higher profile explains much of that, but in a fairer world, Carlyle’s dismissal would have been a bigger deal. After all, the former Norris Trophy winner accomplished what Boudreau couldn’t: winning a Stanley Cup.

ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun spoke with Carlyle about the firing. While Carlyle called it “an emotional time” and reflected on how much a future uprooting will affect his family (particularly his 15-year-old daughter), he didn’t express any ill will toward the franchise.

“Murph (Murray) and I had a difference of opinion on how things were going. That happens,” Carlyle said. “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.”

Boudreau didn’t have much of a grieving period, but Carlyle said that he will take a few weeks to decompress. He joked that he’s already cleaned his garage “three or four times” but the looming threat of relocation is weighing heavily on his family.

Then again, there’s one idea that he didn’t discuss. What if his next job is just a stone’s throw from Anaheim? Look, I think Terry Murray is a very good coach, but it seems like the Los Angeles Kings reached a plateau with him behind the bench. As great as they are in their own end, the Kings have scored just 12 goals in their last seven games. The players deserve most of the blame there, but some of that stems from the system and the coach.

Carlyle could be the guy who takes a good team and spurs it on to greatness. Obviously, this isn’t based on any rumors; it’s just a shot in the dark.

Either way, the consensus is that Carlyle will find a job somewhere. It will be interesting to find out where that place ends up being.

Struggling Sabre Tyler Ennis out with upper-body injury

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Tyler Ennis can probably relate with the Buffalo Sabres’ opponent on Wednesday, as he’s struggling almost as much as the Nashville Predators.

Perhaps some of that has to do with health?

Whether that’s the case or not, Ennis is out for the Sabres tonight, as the team announced that he’s dealing with an upper-body injury.

The Buffalo News discussed Ennis’ struggles in this article.

“I’d say he’s pressing too much. You can’t make those plays in every situation and in every point you touch the puck,” Dan Bylsma said to the Buffalo News. “ … He’s just got to simplify his game. He is a special player who can make those plays, but he can’t be trying to do it every time he touches the puck.”

He’ll need to wait a while to start getting things together, anyway.

WATCH LIVE: Wednesday Night Rivalry (Flyers-Islanders; Blackhawks-Sharks)

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You can check out tonight’s Wednesday Night Rivalry doubleheader on NBCSN, and you can also stream them online.

Here are the handy links for the two contests.

First, the New York Islanders host the Philadelphia Flyers.


After that, the Chicago Blackhawks visit the San Jose Sharks.


Braun out with upper-body injury; Zubrus to make Sharks debut

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The San Jose Sharks will be missing a top-4 defenseman tonight when they host the defending champs from Chicago.

Justin Braun has an upper-body injury. His status is considered day-to-day.

“Brauny has been one of our unsung heroes here through the first quarter of the season,” coach Peter DeBoer told CSN Bay Area. “He’s played some outstanding hockey. So, we’re going to miss him, but it’s a great opportunity for Mueller and Tennyson and one of these guys to establish themselves. It’s a great opportunity for us to reward Dillon for how well he’s played.”

Against the Blackhawks, Brenden Dillon will take Braun’s spot on the top pairing alongside Marc-Edouard Vlasic; Paul Martin and Brent Burns will stay together on the second pairing; and 20-year-old Mirco Mueller will skate with Matt Tennyson.

Mueller has played just four games for the Sharks this season. In his last game, Thursday in Philadelphia, he received only 9:13 of ice time.

Also tonight, new Shark forward Dainius Zubrus is expected to debut on the fourth line.

Related: Sharks sign Zubrus, because DeBoer

Johansen calls trade rumblings ‘weird,’ says relationship with Torts is ‘great’

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One day after reports surfaced of Ryan Johansen being at the center of trade talks, all parties involved from Columbus did what they’re supposed to do — downplay the situation.

You can read the denials in full over at the Dispatch, but here’s the gist:

— Johansen said the rumors were “weird” and that he’s “never seen it before.” He also said there were no issues between him and head coach John Tortorella, calling the relationship “great.”

— GM Jarmo Kekalainen wouldn’t address the report, nor would Johansen’s agent, Kurt Overhardt.

— Johansen added he hasn’t spoken to any of Columbus’ management about the trade rumblings.

So there’s that. What’s next?

At this stage of the game, it’s hard not to think about another Overhardt client, Kyle Turris.

Turris, you’ll recall, spent four (mostly) stormy years with the Coyotes before his trade out to Ottawa was orchestrated. Turris eventually told GM Don Maloney “this is not going to work out” with the club, and he was gone.

So, consider the similarities now:

— Turris was 22 at the time of the trade, with four years and 137 games under his belt.

— Johansen is 23, with five years and 291 games.

— Both had contentious contract holdouts with their respective clubs.

— Both are Overhardt guys.

— The Turris trade happened after the Coyotes went from Wayne Gretzky to Dave Tippett as head coach.

— Johansen is already on his third head coach (Scott Arniel, Todd Richards, Tortorella).

For now, these are all coincidences (or a forced narrative, depending what you think of the author).

And, of course, the one big — big — difference between the two is that, at the time of his trade, Turris wasn’t as good or established a player as Johansen currently is. Therefore, logic suggests any Johansen trade would be a lot more blockbuster-y and, therefore, probably more complex.

And as we know, complex deals aren’t easy to pull off.