Flyers head coach Alain Vigneault went on 97.5 the Fanatic’s morning show today.
The 11-minute discussion touched on a variety of topics, but in non-hockey news we learned that Vigneault is enjoying himself in town:
“I live right in Old City in Philly and it’s a beautiful place. You walk around, there’s a lot of history, there’s a lot of things to see. I’ve fallen in love with the city and I’m really enjoying it.”
The 58 year old Vigneault is already one of us. And he says he used to be a jogger, but that his body doesn’t permit him to do it anymore, so he’s enjoying Philadelphia on foot instead.
As for actual hockey topics, Marc Farzetta asked about the idea of holding top players like Claude Giroux and Jake Voracek accountable, framing the question this way:
Farzetta: You had kind of asked to get a little bit more out of those players in the early goings of the season. Just a couple of weeks ago you had put that out there. Have those guys responded enough for you, you think?
Vigneault: Yeah, I think they have. In G’s case, without a doubt he’s a great role model for our younger players. He’s working extremely hard and I think his performances have improved. In Jake’s case right now I think he’s still looking to find his game. His game is not where I think we need it to be and where he wants it to be. He knows he can play better. But I wasn’t really challenging those players; I was just stating the facts. The facts are that for the Flyers to have success this year, you need your top players to be top performers. We need those guys on a daily basis, whether it’s practices or games, to be great role models and we need them to perform just like any team that strives to win. You need your top players to be at their best.
It’s all true, and it’s not unfair. Voracek was banished to the fourth line earlier this year and Giroux is playing better hockey now than he was to begin the season. It’s not too much for a new head coach to ask for more from his top players. You can demand more without being an asshole about it, yeah?
Tell ya what, after listening to two years of Gabe Kapler, hearing Vigneault and Joe Girardi speak is a nice change of pace.
I can’t embed the audio here, so click on this link if you want to listen to the full thing.