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Ducks welcome new coach to practice

Updated: December 1, 2011, 8:43 PM ET
By Dan Arritt | ESPNLosAngeles.com

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Ducks star Ryan Getzlaf compared it to the first day of grade school. Bobby Ryan said it was more like a first date.

Whatever the occasion, the Ducks had the look of a team beginning anew during practice Thursday, still mindful they were letting go of an important piece of the past.

Randy Carlyle, two months into his seventh season as coach of the Ducks, was fired Wednesday night within an hour of a 4-1 victory against the visiting Montreal Canadiens. ...

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