Time to add a page to the head coach book for the Flyers. Alain Vigneault, the former New York Rangers head coach has now signed on to the team. Vigneault is a name that most Flyers fans may not know, but they definitely know his face. He was the face for the Rangers for five years now and one that we all loved to hate. Well, now we will put personal feelings aside as he is looking to give the Flyers a much-needed boost to spark the team.
Flyers New Head Coach
When Vigneault first took over the Rangers in 2013, he pushed them all the way to the finals. Despite losing to the Kings, he brought to the team a style of play that the Flyers would truly benefit from. It’s a hard-nosed, man-on-puck style where your offense is essentially your defense. Utilizing this, along with Carter Hart as a starting goalie will give an overhaul to the Flyers current team. Not only that, but it will also shake the etch-a-sketch of the current tennis elbows the team has, namely puck control.
Backstory On Alain
Vigneault was the head coach of the Vancouver Canucks and Montreal Canadiens before making the trip to the Big Apple. In his seven-year stint with the Canucks, he managed to finish first in the division for six years. Despite building a powerful team wherever he went, he has not led any team to the Stanley Cup Championship. However, he has been able to bring them into the finals twice. Also, he has made the playoffs 11 out of 16 times.
One of the gripes of this new hire is that he has a fondness for veterans over fresh young faces. And while that may be a true, we still have Chuck Fletcher who seems to be fond of Phantoms. In conclusion, a lot remains to be seen on whether this was an up or down. Vigneault definitely has a lot ahead of him in morphing the team and rearranging lines. However, I think the biggest mistake would be a “rebuild.” With the right amount of coaching, the Flyers can improve significantly.
Finding the way players gel and pairing them accordingly is the first step. The rest will follow suit and giving them the new play style will take them to at least the top wild-card spot next year.
Photo Credit Via Flickr to Michelle Kenneth
Latest posts by Kevin Arnold (see all)
- Breaking Down First Day of NHL Free Agent Frenzy - July 2, 2019
- Biweekly on Broad Street Vol. 1 - May 29, 2019
- The Time the Flyers Almost Started the Wrong Player - May 16, 2019