Flyers actually did something; Alain Vigneault out as Head Coach
Well, hours after an embarrassing 7-1 loss to the shorthanded and tired Tampa Bay Lightning, the Flyers have fired Head Coach Alain Vigneault.
The only positive part of Alain’s tenure here was when he was first hired in 2019-2020, and we were probably one of the best teams in the league before the covid stoppage happened. When hockey resumed and we played games in a bubble, we squeaked passed the 24th seed Canadiens, got smacked by the Islanders in Game 7, and then missed the playoffs entirely the next season.
Mike Yeo, who is familiar with Chuck from their Minnesota days, and has head coaching experience, will serve as the Flyers intern head coach for now. Yeo is now the sixth head coach since 2010.
- Peter Laviolette: 2010-2014
- Craig Berube: 2014-2015
- Dave Hakstol: 2016-2019
- Scott Gordon: 2019-2019
- Alain Vigneault: 2020-2021
- Mike Yeo: 2021-present
Do I think ALL of the blame should be set on Alain, no. At the same time, when you lose 8 straight games, after not making the playoffs the previous season, you’re going to be the guy that everyone looks at. It’s your ship, and your responsibility as a head coach. Plus, the Flyers brought in 11 new players this season, and its pretty much Deja Vu since the bubble.
Getting out chanced, out skated, outshot, you name it.
I’m actually pretty surprised the move came today when the team has a game against the Colorado Avalanche. I guess when a team who was on a back-to-back, playing in their 5th game in 7 nights, absolutely smacks you for a touchdown, you don’t have a lot of options. He lost the locker room, and it really seemed like the players just kind of shut him out.
I keep seeing tweets talking about how much money the Flyers could potentially have wrapped up in head coaches, like I care that Comcast has to spend their millions upon millions of dollars. “Oh the Flyers might have more than $8 million wrapped up in coaches if AV doesn’t get hired somewhere.” Okay? And? Do you think I care that Comcast has to reach in their pocket and spend a little money? I don’t.
Michel Therrien is also out as the Flyers assistant coach. Therrien has been the PP coach since hired alongside Alain, and has never, and I mean never, been able to give us a consistent PP. How many times have I sat on here and complained that Claude Giroux was on the right side on the man advantage? Obviously you don’t like seeing a man lose his job, but when you don’t produce results, this is what happens. It’s a results based business.
I haven’t even begun to think about the potential candidates the Flyers could be looking at. Bruce Boudreau was hired by the Vancouver Canucks last night, with Vancouver completely cleaning house including their GM. I’ve seen names like Rick Tocchet and John Tortorella thrown around. Not really surprised Tocchet is somebody they’re potentially looking at.
We’ll see what happens as thing continue to unfold. As of tonight, Mike Yeo will be the head coach against the Colorado Avalanche. I expect the Flyers to come out mad, their head coach and assistant coach just got fired, and you can blame the head coaching all you want but at the end of the day it comes down to the players performing and they just haven’t.
James van Riemsdyk has 1 point in last 13 games
Travis Konecny has 2 points in last 13 games
Sean Couturier has 3 points in last 13 games
Scott Laughton has 3 points in last 13 games
Oskar Lindblom has 1 point in 21 games
I will admit, AV playing Lindblom on the 4th line for the past couple weeks made absolutely no sense. How is a player supposed to find their offensive touch playing 8 minutes and game next to Connor Bunnaman?
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