Why Vigneault might be a Good Fit for the Flyers
By Patrick Hoffman
After getting rid of two head coaches this season, the Philadelphia Flyers went out have gone out and hired Alain Vigneault to be their next head coach.
Vigneault is a guy that has had a lot of success as a head coach despite never winning a Cup. He won a few Presidents Trophies, took the Vancouver Canucks to the Stanley Cup Final in 2011, took the New York Rangers to the Final in 2014, and was well-liked by the players he coached.
Here are some other interesting things to know about Vigneault as was written in the Flyers' press release announcing him as the new head coach:
* His teams have won seven division championships and have made the playoffs 11 times, advancing past the first round on eight of those occasions.
* He has produced 100-point seasons for teams in eight of the last 11 full seasons as head coach, including nine seasons of 45 wins and three seasons with 50 wins.
* He won the Jack Adams Award as NHL Coach of the Year for the 2006-07 season when he led Vancouver to a 49-26-7 record and a 105 points... He has also been a finalist for the award a total of four times (1999-2000, 2006-07, 2010-11, 2014-15).
* His 648 wins are T-12th all-time in NHL history and 6th among active coaches in the NHL. He is the Vancouver Canucks all-time winningest coach with 313 victories.
As you can see, he has quite the extensive and impressive resume. Like I said above, he has never won a Cup, but he is someone that certainly knows how to coach in this league and someone who knows how to get his team to win games.
Vigneault might actually be the perfect fit for this hockey club. For starters, he has several veterans on this club, something he was used to having in all his stops.
Guys like Claude Giroux, Sean Couturier, Jakub Voracek, James van Riemsdyk, and several others have a lot of experience in the league. This is great for Vigneault because he had a lot of success working with veterans when he was with the Canucks and Blueshirts/
He's also a good fit because I am willing to bet that he will have learned his lesson in terms of how he used younger players when he was with the Rangers. It was noticeable during the 2017-18 season that Vigneault did not trust his youngsters and sat them on the bench any time they made a mistake.
I would like to think that he will have a different approach this time around. Guys like Nolan Patrick, Travis Konecny, Oskar Lindblom, and Ryan Hartman are all young and all have a lot of potential to be great NHLers for years to come.
It will be Vigneault's job to give them opportunities to be successful and to put them in situations where they can thrive. I believe that he will do that this time around.
Lastly, Vigneault has a potential star goaltender in the making in Carter Hart. As a 20-year-old, Hart started 31 games and went 16-13-1 with a 2.83 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage.
While he's obviously still very young, this is a guy that Vigneault will need to learn to trust. Hart is the future of this team when it comes to the goaltending position so Vigneault needs to make sure that ends up being the case.
No matter what happens, it will be interesting to see how Vigneault does at his fourth stop as a bench boss in a town that is extremely tough on its hockey team.
He has previously covered the league for WTP Sports, Sportsnet.ca, Kukla’s Korner, Spector’s Hockey, NHL Network Radio blog, TheHockeyNews.com, The Fourth Period, Stan Fischler’s “The Fischler Report”, as well as a slew of others.