The Alain Vigneault era is over. The Flyers have officially fired Vigneault as head coach after Sunday night’s demoralizing 7-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning, extending the team’s losing streak to eight games.
With Vigneault gone, the Flyers are now embarking on a search to find a full-time replacement behind the bench. A report has already surfaced that former Flyer Rick Tocchet could be one of the top candidates for the position, but the team isn’t expected to make a new hire before Monday night’s tilt against the Colorado Avalanche. In fact, Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic reported Monday morning that the Flyers have not yet spoken to any external candidates about taking over for Vigneault.
Until a full-time replacement is identified, Mike Yeo will serve as the Flyers’ interim head coach. He will be the Flyers’ sixth head coach since the start of the 2013-14 season.
Yeo was hired as an assistant coach in May of 2019 to oversee the Flyers’ penalty kill under Vigneault — the Flyers’ PK ranks 24th in the NHL since the start of the 2019-20 season. Yeo’s tenure in Philadelphia certainly hasn’t been flawless, but the 48-year-old has seven years of head coaching experience under his belt and actually saw a fair bit of success in his two previous stops.