Flyers hire new assistant coach under Alain Vigneault
The Philadelphia Flyers had a head coach vacancy to fill after Ian Laperriere was named the head coach of the AHL affiliate Lehigh Valley Phantoms last June. Yesterday, the team announced that they would be hiring Darryl Williams to join Alain Vigneault’s coaching staff.
Williams worked under Vigneault in New York and Vancouver for a combined nine seasons. Most recently, he was with the ECHL’s Newfoundland Growlers as an assistant coach in 2019-2020. His last NHL position came with Vigneault and the Rangers in 2017-18. Williams was a part of the 2011 Canucks Stanley Cup Final team and joined A.V. in New York a year after the Rangers went to the finals in 2014.
We are heading into year three of A.V. as the head coach of the Flyers. As we all know, the Flyers won their first playoff series since 2012 in year one with A.V. and had an extremely disappointing season last year in which they missed the playoffs.
Flyers GM stated last week that there will be more personnel moves coming. Williams was obviously one of them.
The NHL Expansion Draft will be held tomorrow night. Click here to see the Flyers protected and available lists. The Flyers also made headlines in the NHL world after trading Nolan Patrick and Phil Myers for Nashville Predators defenseman Ryan Ellis.
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