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SportFlyers hire Alain Vigneault as next head coach

23:25  15 april  2019
23:25  15 april  2019 Source:   nbcsports.com

Flyers name Alain Vigneault head coach

Flyers name Alain Vigneault head coach Vigneault, who most recently coach the Rangers from 2013-18, has a career win percentage of .588 and a 648-435-35-98 record. Read More

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Alain Vigneault is returning to the Metropolitan Divison after the Philadelphia Flyers announced on Monday afternoon that they’ve hired him as their next head coach.

“We are extremely excited to have Alain join this franchise and lead our team behind the bench for many years to come,” said general manager Chuck Fletcher. “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.”

Vigneault, who’s currently set to lead Canada’s entry at the IIHF World Championship in May, was fired by the New York Rangers after the 2017-18 NHL season. The 57-year-old was behind the bench for the Rangers for five seasons, guiding them to back-to-back Eastern Conference Finals and the 2014 Stanley Cup Final. He’s won 648 games coaching three different franchise, earned the Jack Adams Award in 2007, and led both the Vancouver Canucks and Rangers to conference titles.

Report: Flyers to interview Alain Vigneault for head-coaching job

Report: Flyers to interview Alain Vigneault for head-coaching job One name that hasn’t come up too frequently in the various head coaching searches around the league is veteran bench boss Alain Vigneault. However, he appears to be on the radar for at least one team, as the Flyers have asked for (and been granted) permission from the Rangers to speak to Vigneault, according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman. Philadelphia had to seek permission, as Vigneault has one year left on his existing deal with New York and actually will see his pay increase from $4M to $4.25M for the 2019-20 season.

“It is an honor to be selected as the next head coach of the Flyers,” said Vigneault. “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 prospects coming up through the system, in order to return Philadelphia to the top of the NHL landscape.”

It was no secret that the Flyers were hot after Joel Quenneville following his November dismissal by the Chicago Blackhawks. But Fletcher, who replaced Ron Hextall, decided to give the organization’s AHL head coach, Scott Gordon, the interim tag after Dave Hakstol’s firing. Even after Gordon led the team to a 25-22-4 record, it wasn’t enough as Fletcher apparently sees Vigneault as the better option going forward on a “multi-year” contract, which is reportedly five years, $25M, per Pierre LeBrun.

New Flyers coach Alain Vigneault says he needs to check off box on his bucket list: winning a Stanley Cup

New Flyers coach Alain Vigneault says he needs to check off box on his bucket list: winning a Stanley Cup April 18--Alain Vigneault, introduced Thursday as the 21st head coach in the Flyers’ history, is aware of the frustration level of the fan base. Frustrated because it’s been 44 years since the Flyers last won the Stanley Cup. Frustrated by a recently completed 37-37-8 season that marked the fourth time in the last seven years the team had missed the playoffs. Frustrated at the listless way the Flyers, again, started games and their season. “I understand people’s disappointment,” Vigneault said after being introduced by general manager Chuck Fletcher at a news conference at the team’s Voorhees practice facility, “but I would say that’s all behind us. Chuck is here.

Now that he has a head coach, Fletcher can check another thing off his to-do list after assuming the GM job. The goaltending position looks to be set with Carter Hart‘s emergence this season. Who backs him up in 2018-19 is still to be decided. Up next is working on extensions for some of the team’s restricted free agents like Ivan Provorov, Travis Sanheim and Travis Konecny.

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Sean Leahy is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @Sean_Leahy.

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