BREAKING: Alain Vigneault Named New Flyers Head Coach

photo found at SI.com

The Philadelphia Flyers made a big move in the right direction to begin their off-season by hiring Alain Vigneault as their next head coach. He will take the reigns from Scott Gordon, who had served as interim coach since mid-December.

The Flyers fandom is hoping Vigneault can bring success they’ve craved, much like he’s done with the New York Rangers, Vancouver Canucks and Montreal Canadiens. In 16 years, Vigneault has amassed over 1,200 games coached with a record of 648-435-35-98.

Beyond that, Vigneault has coached in 139 Stanley Cup Playoff games with appearances in the Finals with the Canucks in 2011 and the Rangers in 2014. Under his command, teams have won at least 100 points in eight of his last 11 full seasons, including three seasons with 50 wins.

Moving on

Philadelphia failed to make the playoffs after finishing the season with a .500 record 37-37-8. Ending up with only 82 points, the Flyers saw their season come to a close 16 points out of the Wild Card. Since Gordon took over in mid-December, the Flyers went 25-22-4. Even with the success, they knew Gordon wouldn’t be a long-term solution.

Vigneault brings years worth of success and experience to the Flyers’ organization. He’s currently tied 12th all-time in NHL history with his 648 wins and sixth among active coaches in the NHL.

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