Carlyle was swiftly replaced by former Washington coach Bruce Boudreau. Boudreau was bounced from his old job just two days ago.
That word came after the Ducks actually won at home Wednesday night versus the Montreal Canadians 4-1. The win snapped a seven-game losing streak.
It was only the third win for the Ducks in their last 19 games.
Despite the presence of league MVP Corey Perry, captain Ryan Getzlaf,41-year-old scorer Teemu Selanne and All-Star goalie Jonas Hiller, the Ducks are off to a 7-13-4 start, ahead of only Columbus in the 15-team Western Conference.
Carlyle coached the Ducks to the franchise's only Stanley Cup title and Pacific Division championship in 2007, but the longtime NHL defenseman struggled to get his talented club's attention this fall after agreeing in August to a three-year contract extension through the 2013-14 season.
He led Anaheim to the postseason in five of his first six seasons, winning more playoff games during that stretch than any coach except Babcock in Detroit. But Anaheim won just one playoff round in the past four years since winning the Cup, losing to fifth-seeded Nashville in the first round last season.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.