Sport Alain Vigneault fired by Flyers after slow start to season
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UMass has made a decision on its next head coach. The Minutemen are trying to rekindle some past success and bringing back Don Brown as their head coach. The hiring was reported on Sunday night and is expected to be announced this week. UMass will be hiring Don Brown as its next head football coach. UMass athletic director Ryan Bamford is expected to conduct a team meeting tomorrow to announce Brown as the next head coach, according to sources inside the program. — Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) November 22, 2021 Brown turned down a big offer from Arizona in order to return to UMass.
The Flyers haveAlain Vigneault one day after at the hands of the Lightning. Assistant coach Mike Yeo will take over on an interim basis.
Another Vigneault assistant, Michel Therrien, who was in charge of the NHL’s third-worst power play (13.4%), was also relieved of his duties.
The Flyers are currently seventh in the Metropolitan Division with an 8-10-4 record and have dropped eight in a row. They will go into Monday’s game against the Avalanche with a new coach looking to snap that streak.
Vigneault wasand led them to a 147-74-54 record in parts of three seasons, which included a playoff appearance in 2020. This move is a costly one for the franchise as Vigneault has a contract that runs through the 2023-24 NHL season and pays him $5 million a year, .
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Busy summer for poor results
The move from general managercomes after an offseason where the Flyers remodeled the blue line bringing in , Rasmus Risotlainen, and ; added to back up ; shipped out , Robert Hägg, and ; and swapped one veteran ( ) for another ( ).
Fletcher’s offseason work has not paid off and has put the Flyers in a place where serious questions have to be put to the currently constructed roster and what happens now. Is 33-year-old captaina trade possibility? He has a full no-move clause so he would have to approve any deal. What about , who has a year left on a contract carrying $7 million salary cap hit?
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These are some of the questions Fletcher will be facing in the coming weeks. And what about his own job? He was hired in December 2018 and his touch on the franchise has led to a decline and now a coaching change. How much more patience does ownership have before his seat starts warming up?
One name that has quickly surfaced is former Flyer Rick Tocchet, who is currently an analyst with the NHL on TNT. Tocchet parted ways with the Arizona Coyotes in May after the franchise. He compiled a 125-131-34 record in four seasons. Before that he was an assistant with the Penguins during their back-to-back Stanley Cup championship seasons.
Bruce Boudreau isafter taking the Canucks job. Andrew Brunette’s done a fine job with the Panthers so those John Tortorella-to-Florida rumors that popped up following seem dead now. Is the Flyers’ job attractive enough for him to leave his ESPN gig?
Recap: Flyers drop fifth straight, lose to Hurricanes 6-3
Not great, folks.
There’s still time for the Flyers to salvage this season, but the direction Fletcher goes for next head coach will point to whether he’s trying to save this year (and his job) or built a foundation for the future.
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