January 13, 2019 | 10:32pm ET
DUCKS AREN’T CONSIDERING COACHING CHANGE
Randy Carlyle, head coach
The Anaheim Ducks have lost 11 straight games, four of which occurred in overtime, and that has prompted wild speculation over the future of head coach Randy Carlyle.
Following the team’s 10th straight loss Friday night, Carlyle was asked by a reporter if he was concerned about his job, upon which Carlyle called the reporter a “jerk” after telling him that was a “dumb question.” He then walked off.
Shortly after Sunday’s 4-3 overtime loss to the Winnipeg Jets, Ducks GM Bob Murray released a statement backing his head coach.
“While it’s not my preference to make comments on this topic during the season, our recent play has le to many questions,” Murray said in the prepared statement. “Our fans are frustrated, rightfully so, and deserve a response from me.
“At this time, I am not considering a coaching change. I am more focused on our players, specifically with who is going to step up in this situation. The way we played tonight was a step in the right direction, but we need much, much more. We have higher expectations for this group, and they should expect more from themselves.”
The Ducks currently sit on the outside of the playoff bracket, tied in points (47) with the Minnesota Wild and Vancouver Canucks – the Wild currently hold the last wildcard spot, having two games in hand of the Ducks and three in hand of the Canucks.
With just over $8.1 million in available salary cap space, according to CapFriendly, Murray has plenty of space to make an addition or two to the lineup, if he chooses to go the trade route.
The Ducks are 30th in the NHL in goals-for per game, averaging 2.37 goals per game. Murray could look to bring in a goal-scorer to help with the club’s offensive woes as the trade deadline sits just six weeks and one day away.