Sport GM Chuck Fletcher: Vigneault to return as Flyers head coach next season

06:30  15 may  2021
06:30  15 may  2021 Source:   prohockeyrumors.com

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Alain Vigneault isn't going anywhere. The Philadelphia Flyers head coach will back for the 2021-22 campaign, general manager Chuck Fletcher told The Athletic's Pierre LeBrun this week. "Absolutely. AV's our coach and we're excited to have he and his staff back next season ," Fletcher said without Fletcher added that the Flyers didn't meet expectations in 2021. The club missed the playoffs this season with a 25-23-8 record after posting the NHL's fourth-best record in the previous campaign. The Flyers allowed the most goals against per game in the league and finished last in save percentage

On Monday, Flyers GM Chuck Fletcher held a conference call with reporters and was asked about how his team was able to make that surge in the standings after an up-and-down start to the season . "Well, I think all season we’ve been showing a high level of resiliency. Many of the Flyers players have returned home, and the front office and coaching staffs are working remotely, changing the entire dynamic. Fletcher was asked about all that and more on the conference call, touching on everything from his injured players to life in the work-from-home NHL to when he thinks there might be hockey

With the Flyers going from finishing second in the Metropolitan Division a year ago (and then finishing first in the seeding games) to missing the playoffs this year, some wondered if head coach Alain Vigneault’s job may be in jeopardy. General manager Chuck Fletcher put an end to that speculation, telling Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic (subscription link) that the veteran bench boss and his staff will be back behind the bench for Philadelphia next season. One element that Vigneault and his coaches will have to clean up is their defense as the Flyers went from being in the top 10 in goals allowed a season ago to dead last this season as no team allowed more goals than the Flyers which, coupled with a mid-tier attack, made for a tough year on the ice.

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The Flyers ' 56-game season went by fast and fell hard. It started with fans abuzz and finished with many of them in anger and demanding answers. "There’s no doubt that it’s very hard to take," Flyers head coach Alain Vigneault said Monday. "I feel like I’ve let people down." On Monday at Virtua Center Flyers Skate Zone, three of the leaders in charge of the organization's direction offered answers for why they felt a season with such high expectations went so badly awry. Here are our five takeaways from Monday's end-of-the- season press conference with Vigneault , general manager Chuck Fletcher

Just nine days after their season ended, the Flyers hired Alain Vigneault as their head coach Monday, hoping he can end a 44-year Stanley Cup drought. The Flyers haven’t won a playoff series since 2012. Vigneault , whom Fletcher characterized as a great bench coach , led the 2011 Vancouver Canucks and the 2014 New York Rangers to the Stanley Cup Final. “I’m excited to work with Chuck and the talented group of players and the prospects coming through the system,” Vigneault said, adding he wanted to “ return Philadelphia to the top of the NHL landscape.”

Alain Vigneault reportedly signed a five-year, $25 million contract when the Flyers hired him in April 2019. © Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports Alain Vigneault reportedly signed a five-year, $25 million contract when the Flyers hired him in April 2019.

More from the East Division:

  • Speaking with reporters on a Zoom call earlier this week (video link), Bruins president Cam Neely expressed a desire to retain winger Taylor Hall but indicated Boston will see how things go with the playoffs first. The veteran has been a nice addition for the Bruins, who acquired him from Buffalo just before the trade deadline, and he has been productive, picking up eight goals and six assists in 16 games down the stretch, the types of numbers he was hoping to put up when he signed with Buffalo last fall. While a long-term deal at Hall's current $8 million price tag isn’t likely in this environment, if he’s willing to accept something in line with their other top forwards (their highest-paid next season is Patrice Bergeron at $6.875 million), it would certainly make some sense to try to bring him back.
  • After Pittsburgh was without both Tristan Jarry and Casey DeSmith due to injuries at the end of the regular season, the Penguins got some good and bad news on the goalie front Friday. Seth Rorabaugh of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that Jarry is ready to go, but DeSmith suffered a lower-body injury in practice, and his status for their series opener against the Islanders is uncertain. If DeSmith is unable to dress, Maxime Lagace – who had a shutout in the season finale – would serve as Jarry’s backup.

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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 . “Alain has always been somebody I’ve admired and respected,” said Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher . 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.

Chuck Fletcher (born April 29, 1967) is a Canadian professional ice hockey executive who is the co-President and general manager of the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League (NHL). Fletcher was previously general manager of the Minnesota Wild, from May 21, 2009 to April 23, 2018.

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"We've had long-standing concerns about this case, including lack of transparency, and therefore have concluded that it's an arbitrary detention," Australia's ambassador to China said.Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian defended the move and said observers are banned from trials involving state secrets. Meanwhile, Fletcher said, "This is deeply regrettable and concerning and unsatisfactory. We've had long-standing concerns about this case, including lack of transparency, and therefore have concluded that it's an arbitrary detention.

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