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02:00  16 april  2019
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PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Flyers have hired Alain Vigneault as head coach, hoping the veteran can help lead them to their first Stanley Cup since 1975.

Vigneault has led the New York Rangers and Vancouver Canucks to the Stanley Cup Final and takes over a Flyers team that missed the playoffs for the second time in three seasons. Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher made his first big move since he was hired in November after Ron Hextall was fired. Fletcher fired coach Dave Hakstol a month later and replaced him with interim coach Scott Gordon. There was no immediate word if Gordon would stay in the organization.

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Check out what Barry Melrose, Katie Strang, Glen Sather, Chris Botta and Pat Leonard said about Alain Vigneault 's introduction as Rangers head coach .

Six weeks after firing Alain Vigneault , the Rangers have settled on a new head coach : Boston University’s David Quinn. Last month, the Dallas Stars hired Jim Montgomery, who had been the head coach at the University of Denver. In 2015, the Flyers hired Dave Hakstol from the University

Vigneault gets a chance to lead a third team to the Stanley Cup Final.

"The history they have established and the passionate fan base has made this a first-class franchise. I am excited to work with Chuck, the talented group of players, and the prospects coming up through the system in order to return Philadelphia to the top of the NHL landscape," Vigneault said.

The Flyers went 37-37-8 for 82 points this season and haven't reached the second round of the playoffs since 2012. Gordon was 25-22-4 over 51 games. The Flyers last played in the Stanley Cup Final in 2010.

The Rangers made the playoffs in four of Vigneault's five seasons as coach, including a 2014 trip to the Stanley Cup Final. They went 226-147-37 in the regular season under Vigneault, who is third in regular-season and playoff wins in franchise history. Vigneault, who turns 58 in May, has coached 16 NHL seasons for the Montreal Canadiens, Canucks and Rangers. His team made the playoffs 11 times, and he took Vancouver to the 2011 Cup Final. He was named NHL coach of the year in 2006-2007 with Vancouver.

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The Philadelphia Flyers are a professional ice hockey team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They are members of the Metropolitan Division of the National Hockey League's (NHL) Eastern Conference.

They have fired head coach Alain Vigneault , likely a product of the season they have endured. Alain Vigneault was fired as the New York Rangers head coach today after posting a 34-39-9 record this season. The Rangers finished out their season with a 5-0 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers today.

"He brings a tremendous amount of success over an extended period of time that will prove valuable to our team to take the next steps in returning the winning culture to the Philadelphia Flyers organization," Fletcher said.

The Flyers are franchise in flux with a core of veterans that has failed to win many meaningful games. Those players include captain Claude Giroux, Jake Voracek, James van Riemsdyk and Sean Couturier, and Philadelphia also has a group of promising 20-somethings such as Travis Sanheim, Oskar Lindblom, Shayne Gostisbehere and Nolan Patrick. The Flyers showed marked improvement this year when they called up 20-year-old goalie Carter Hart, and they believe he has potential to carry the team on a deep playoff run.

Vigneault will also serve as the head coach for Team Canada at next month's World Championships in Slovakia.


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