ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -Anaheim Ducks coach Randy Carlyle has signed a two-year extension, putting him under contract with the 2007 Stanley Cup champions for the next three years.
Terms were not announced.
``In our view, Randy is one of the top coaches in the NHL,'' general manager Brian Burke said in a statement issued Wednesday. ``We've had an aggressive, hardworking club each of the past three years, largely due to his influence. He's clearly been paramount to our success since taking over the reins.''
The 52-year-old Carlyle, hired Aug. 1, 2005, as the seventh coach in franchise history, has guided the Ducks to a franchise-record three consecutive trips to the postseason. They have won six of their eight playoff series during that time, tied with the Detroit Red Wings for the best in the NHL.
Carlyle also has the most wins and highest winning percentage in franchise history, compiling a record of 138-74-34 (.630 winning percentage) for 310 points in 246 career games.
``Working in Orange County for owners such as the Samuelis is a privilege, and I'm honored to be able to continue representing the Ducks,'' Carlyle said. ``I'm thankful for the great relationship I have with Brian Burke and our hockey staff and expect more success in the future. We fell short of our goal last year and it's time for us to respond.''
The Ducks finished second in the Pacific Division and fourth in the Western Conference last season with a 47-27-8 record and 102 points before being eliminated by Dallas in the first round of the playoffs.
The Ducks were 48-20-14 for 110 points in the 2006-07 season, when they set several franchise records en route to their first and only Stanley Cup championship.

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