The Vancouver Canucks aren’t the only ones making a coaching change. According to Frank Seravalli of Daily Faceoff, the Philadelphia Flyers have fired head coach Alain Vigneault. Vigneault is under contract through the 2023-24 season and is one of the highest-paid coaches in the league with a $5MM salary. Eric Engels of Sportsnet adds that assistant coach Michel Therrien will also be relieved of his duties in Philadelphia. Charlie O’Connor of The Athletic reports that Mike Yeo will take over as interim head coach for the time being.
Vigneault, 60, was hired by the Flyers in 2019 after a few years away from the game, and had the team playing incredibly well in his first season behind the bench. Philadelphia posted a 41-21-7 record through the first 69 games of the 2019-20 season before the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown the NHL. When the Flyers returned for the bubble playoffs things didn’t look quite as good, but they still reached game seven of the second round against the New York Islanders after dispatching the Montreal Canadiens. Since that 4-0 defeat against the Islanders, in which they generated just 16 shots despite having won both game five and game six in overtime to extend the series, the Flyers haven’t looked the same.
The team posted a 25-23-8 record in 2020-21, missing the playoffs entirely by finishing sixth in the East Division.