The Anaheim Ducks announced Tuesday that Randy Carlyle is returning for his second stint as head coach. Carlyle is replacing Bruce Boudreau, who was let go following the team's disappointing first-round exit at the hands of the Nashville Predators.

Boudreau initially joined the Ducks after replacing Carlyle during the 2011-12 season when Carlyle was fired 24 games in. Carlyle spent parts of seven seasons with the Ducks prior to that. He helped coach the team to the franchise's only Stanley Cup in 2007.

More recently, Carlyle had a rough ride with the Toronto Maple Leafs over parts of four seasons. He was let go halfway through the 2014-15, but did manage to take the Leafs to the playoffs during the lockout-shortened 2012-13 campaign.

In 704 career NHL games, Carlyle is 364-260-80. He also has a 39-30 record in the playoffs, with all but seven of those games with Anaheim.

This is an interesting move for the Ducks, largely because Carlyle's last stop was not successful and the Ducks were trending way down before they ditched him almost as soon as Boudreau became available during the 2011-12 season. GM Bob Murray has obviously grown frustrated with postseason play. Perhaps with that in mind, he's turning back to the only coach to bring the Cup to Anaheim.

When Boudreau was fired earlier this spring, he was let go largely due to the team's playoff failures, particularly in Game 7 situations as his Ducks teams saw each of their last four seasons end in a Game 7 on home ice. Considering that, it at least should be noted that Carlyle's last trip to the playoffs featured one of the most devastating Game 7 losses the league has ever seen as Toronto blew a late 3-1 lead to lose 4-3 in overtime to the Boston Bruins.

There aren't a ton of players from Carlyle's last run still with Anaheim. Only Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry, Cam Fowler and Andrew Cogliano remain. Many players will be getting their first taste of Carlyle's style. On the surface, it's worlds different from what Boudreau was bringing to the table as he led the team to four consecutive divisional titles.

Carlyle known for preaching more of a defensive game and has become the scourge of the analytics community as Carlyle-led teams have typically been poor in the possession game. Many analysts correctly predicted the Maple Leafs' demise long before it happened based on what the numbers were saying. After the Penguins just won the Stanley Cup with a team that was predicated on speed, puck possession and puck movement, the Ducks appear to be going in an opposite direction.

To be fair, Carlyle will have a far better roster to work with in Anaheim than he did in Toronto. Better results should be expected based on the player personnel alone. However, given how early the Ducks got in the market for a new head coach, and the fact that it took them this long to reach a decision to just bring an old coach back, doesn't necessarily look the best. There were many veteran coaches available at the time Boudreau was let go. Those options dwindled pretty quickly, though.

Now Carlyle will have a chance to prove he's a better coach than what he showed in Toronto. Meanwhile, just as it was with the Leafs, his tenure in Anaheim will undoubtedly become yet another referendum on the old school vs. the new school. With as close as the Ducks have seemed to be in recent years to getting over the hump and with their core not getting any younger, they really can't afford to get this decision wrong.

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Randy Carlyle has returned to the Anaheim Ducks for a second run as their head coach. USATSI