The Philadelphia Flyers employed Alain Vigneault as their coach on Monday, hoping the veteran will help cause them to their first Stanley Cup since 1975.
Vigneault has led the Rangers and Vancouver Canucks to the Stanley Cup finals and takes over a Flyers staff that missed the playoffs for the second time in three seasons.
Flyers Normal Supervisor Chuck Fletcher was employed in November after Ron Hextall was fired. Fletcher fired Coach Dave Hakstol a month later and changed him with the interim coach Scott Gordon. There was no speedy phrase if Gordon would keep within the group.
“The historical past they’ve established and the passionate fan base has made this a first-class franchise,” Vigneault stated. “I’m excited to work with Chuck, the gifted group of gamers, and the prospects arising by way of the system in an effort to return Philadelphia to the highest of the N.H.L. panorama.”
The Flyers went 37-37-Eight for 82 factors this season and haven’t reached the second spherical of the playoffs since 2012. Gordon was 25-22-Four over 51 video games. The Flyers final performed within the Cup finals in 2010.
The Rangers made the playoffs in 4 of Vigneault’s 5 seasons as coach, together with a 2014 journey to the Cup finals. They went 226-147-37 within the common season underneath Vigneault, who’s third in regular-season and playoff wins in franchise historical past. Vigneault, who turns 58 in Might, has coached 16 N.H.L. seasons for the Montreal Canadiens, the Canucks and the Rangers, who fired him after the 2017-18 season. His groups made the playoffs 11 occasions, and he took Vancouver to the 2011 Cup finals. He was named N.H.L. coach of the yr in 2006-7 with Vancouver.
Vigneault will even function the pinnacle coach for Canada at subsequent month’s world championship event in Slovakia.
“He brings an amazing quantity of success over an prolonged time period that can show worthwhile to our staff to take the following steps in returning the profitable tradition to the Philadelphia Flyers group,” Fletcher stated.
The Flyers are franchise in flux with a core of veterans that has didn’t win many significant video games. These gamers embody captain Claude Giroux, Jake Voracek, James van Riemsdyk and Sean Couturier, and Philadelphia additionally has a gaggle of promising 20-somethings like Travis Sanheim, Oskar Lindblom, Shayne Gostisbehere and Nolan Patrick.
The Flyers confirmed marked enchancment this yr once they known as up 20-year-old goalie Carter Hart, they usually consider he has potential to hold the staff on a deep playoff run.
KADRI SUSPENDED The N.H.L. suspended Toronto Maple Leafs ahead Nazem Kadri for the remainder of the primary spherical for crosschecking Boston Bruins winger Jake DeBrusk within the head.
The league introduced the choice Monday not lengthy earlier than the 2 groups performed Recreation three of their sequence in Toronto. The most effective-of-seven sequence was tied, 1-1.
Kadri hit DeBrusk within the third interval of Boston’s 4-1 victory. The N.H.L. had the choice to droop him for greater than 5 video games.
Kadri was barred three video games for boarding within the opener of final yr’s first-round sequence in opposition to the Bruins and has had seven earlier hearings with the N.H.L. Division of Participant Security since 2013. All 4 of his earlier suspensions concerned contact with an opponent’s head, and the league considers a participant’s disciplinary historical past when figuring out the size of a suspension.