Kevin Bieksa

Anaheim Ducks re-hire Randy Carlyle as head coach

Randy Carlyle walked back into Honda Center and discovered he still knew just about everyone, from the guard at the front door to the accountants in the Anaheim Ducks' offices.

"Everybody welcomed me back with open arms," Carlyle said, a grateful smile on a frequently stony face. "This is a special place."

The veteran coach is home again, and the Ducks are betting their Stanley Cup hopes on a fruitful reunion.

The Ducks re-hired Carlyle on Tuesday, welcoming back the franchise's only championship-winning coach 4 1/2 years after firing him.

Carlyle replaces Bruce Boudreau, who replaced Carlyle on Nov. 30, 2011. After firing Boudreau in...