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Is Alain Vigneault The Right Coach For The Philadelphia Flyers?

from Mike Sielski of Philly.com,

So let’s consider those factors. Vigneault will be the Flyers’ fifth head coach since the beginning of the 2013-14 season, which was less than six years ago. Over that span, they have reached the playoffs just three times and have not advanced beyond the first round. And last fall, by firing general manager Ron Hextall and, later, coach Dave Hakstol, they abandoned the lengthy, gradual process that Hextall, rightly, had decided was necessary to rebuild and fortify the organization’s infrastructure.

That the franchise cycled through so many coaches during so short a period with such similar results suggests that none of them were ever the team’s primary problem. And the post-Flyers performances of a couple of them – the Nashville Predators have been consistently excellent under Laviolette, and Craig Berube shepherded the St. Louis Blues to a marvelous turnaround this season – only reaffirm the notion that sometimes a smart coach is just the right person in the right place at the right time with the right group of athletes.

Which brings us back to Vigneault and the reasons for skepticism. In a conference call Monday, Flyers GM Chuck Fletcher presented Vigneault as a coach for all seasons and styles of roster. “His track record speaks for itself,” Fletcher said. “He’s had success at the junior level. He’s had success in the minor leagues. And he’s had success in the NHL. You can’t have success at all those levels unless you’re good at developing players, good at connecting with veterans, and he’s a guy who, again, gets his teams to play hard and gets his teams to buy in.”

It’s reasonable to think that the Flyers’ players will respond positively to Vigneault for at least a little while. His credentials and experience should earn him that respect, and both the Canucks and Rangers improved immediately upon his arrival. But it’s worth noting, again, the circumstances of those situations. Vigneault is regarded as a players’ coach, at his best a calming influence over a locker room, and such an influence was required in his previous two stops.


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The New Head Coach For The Philadelphia Flyers Is Alain Vigneault

via the Philadelphia Flyers,

The Philadelphia Flyers have appointed Alain Vigneault as the 21st head coach in franchise history, signing him to a multi-year contract, according to Executive Vice President & General Manager Chuck Fletcher.

"We are extremely excited to have Alain join this franchise and lead our team behind the bench for many years to come," said Fletcher. "He brings a tremendous amount of success over an extended period of time that will prove valuable to our team to take the next steps in returning the winning culture to the Philadelphia Flyers organization."

"It is an honor to be selected as the next head coach of the Flyers," said Vigneault. "The history they have established and the passionate fan base has made this a first-class franchise. I am excited to work with Chuck, the talented group of players and prospects coming up through the system, in order to return Philadelphia to the top of the NHL landscape."

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Dan Bylsma Could Be A Head Coach Candidate For The Philadelphia Flyers

from Sam Carchidi of Philly.com,

Dan Bylsma has directed a team to a Stanley Cup championship and has a connection with general manager Chuck Fletcher, making him a candidate for the Flyers’ coaching job.

How strong of a candidate?

Fletcher won’t say....

It would be ironic if he was hired because Bylsma was despised by Flyers fans when he coached the hated Penguins.

Remember when Flyers coach Peter Laviolette called Bylsma “gutless” after he put his tough guys on the ice and a melee ensued in the waning minutes of a 6-4 Flyers’ win in 2012? In that same game, Laviolette got into a shouting match with Bylsma and Pittsburgh assistant Tony Granato – the incensed Flyers’ coach waved a stick at them and tried to cross the partition between the benches after Danny Briere was taken down by a Penguin — and was subsequently fined $10,000 by the NHL.


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What The Philadelphia Flyers Need

from Sam Carchidi of Philly.com,

No one cares more than No. 28. No one takes losses harder.

But — and you knew a but was coming, didn’t you? — I’m now of the belief the Flyers need more from their leadership group, Giroux included.

Now that Wayne Simmonds is no longer here, the Flyers need a veteran who will get in the face of his teammates when needed.

That’s not Giroux’s style. He played good cop and Simmonds was the bad cop.

From here, not only do the Flyers need to add three major pieces — a No. 2 center, a top-nine winger who can score 25 goals, and a first-pairing defenseman like Winnipeg’s Jacob Trouba, who is rumored to be available — but they need to find players who fit those roles and have strong personalities.

Guys who have a “follow me” attitude. Chris Pronger was like that.


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Morning Line- Chris Johnston On The Toronto Maple Leafs

This entire stretch of not-quite meaningful hockey is a bit like a kaleidoscope: You can see in it what you want to see. You can highlight the second period, where the Leafs handled the puck as though they were playing with wrong-handed sticks and Philadelphia “got all over us,” in the words of Matthews. You can point to another four goals behind Frederik Andersen and wonder what that says about his playoff readiness.

-Chris Johnston of Sportsnet after the Toronto Maple Leafs lost 5-4 in a shootout to the Philadelphia Flyers.  Read more on the game.

Game highlights are below.

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Afternoon Line- Jakub Voracek

“We had a good push, but unfortunately, anytime we got close — three points, five points — and we played those big teams in front of us [in] those four-point games, we choked. We couldn’t find a way to win those big games, and that’s why we are where we are right now.”

-Jakub Voracek of the Philadelphia Flyers.  Sam Carchidi of Philly.com has more.

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Video- “You Have To Start Getting This Right NHL” - Flyers/Islanders

Certainly the wrong call.


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Teams Announced For the 2019 NHL Global Series

NEW YORK/TORONTO (March 21, 2019) – The National Hockey League (NHL) and the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA), in conjunction with Live Nation Sweden, today announced that the Buffalo SabresChicago BlackhawksPhiladelphia Flyers and Tampa Bay Lightning will participate in the 2019 NHL Global Series.

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Video- Replaying The Replay From Yesterday’s Pittsburgh/Philadelphia Game

from Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

I still like replay.

For many, it took another hit Sunday night during the Flyers-Penguins game. For the first time since it came to the NHL 28 years ago, there was a double coach’s challenge on the same play. I found it fascinating....

The Penguins lost, 2-1, when the Flyers’ Sean Couturier blew by Sidney Crosby and beat Matt Murray with a wrist shot with 3.4 seconds left in overtime. The Flyers had tied the score on a James van Riemsdyk goal with 18.8 seconds left in regulation....

But back to replay on its historic night.

It kept my interest, if only to see if it could save the game officials from themselves.

I am happy to report it did.

It worked the way replay is supposed to work — quickly and efficiently....

The play in question started early in the second period when the Flyers’ Claude Giroux appeared to score a goal through Murray’s legs. The officials huddled for a few seconds before ruling no goal, citing goaltender interference on Jakub Voracek. The big crowd at PPG Paints Arena loved it.

Flyers coach Scott Gordon immediately challenged the call.


Watch the sequence below and the game highlights too.

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Video- Toronto/Philadelphia No Goal, Net Of The Mooring

How to stop this?  Perhaps a delay of game penalty?


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