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The Alain Vigneault Hire is a Symbol of More Changes to Come for Flyers

Anthony SanFilippo - April 16, 2019

Alain Vigneault is the new Flyers coach.

There were a lot of instant reactions in Flyerdom yesterday. And, as the case most times these days, the extremist opinions were the loudest.

There were those who panned this hire as another NHL retread who hasn’t won anything, a coach who trusts veterans over younger players, a coach who pushes the envelope with his offensive systems but has a defensive blind spot and relies heavily on goaltending to keep his team in games.

Conversely, there were those who see that Vigneault took two different teams to the Stanley Cup Finals, had eight teams reach 100-point regular seasons, won a President’s Trophy and a Jack Adams Award as NHL Coach of the year and were chortling “Let’s Go” with their thumbs on their smart phones.

The actual reaction though, as always, should be somewhere in between.

Vigneault is a good coach. You don’t get hired by four NHL teams and coach nearly 1,200 games and make the playoffs a dozen times if you aren’t a good coach.

As a matter of fact, the only coaches in NHL history who have won as many games as Vigneault has (648) and have taken at least two teams to the finals is pretty short:

  • Scotty Bowman (Montreal, Pittsburgh, Detroit)
  • Dick Irvin (Toronto, Montreal)
  • Mike Babcock (Anaheim, Detroit)
  • Mike Keenan (Philadelphia, Chicago, New York Rangers)
  • Alain Vigneault (Vancouver, New York Rangers)

The one thing that stands out on that list? Vigneault is the only one who didn’t win a Cup.

That was something that GM Chuck Fletcher pointed out during his Conference Call – that Vigneault is “ready” to win a Cup.

I would hope so. If after trying 16 times and failing to reach your goal 16 times, I would hope you are ready.

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Alain Vigneault is Your New Flyers Coach

Kevin Kinkead - April 15, 2019

Wow!

Monday afternoon stunner:

It’s not Joel Quenneville.

It’s not Scott Gordon.

It’s… Alain Vigneault?

Ok here’s the thing –

Vigneault has had some really good NHL seasons. No, his New York tenure didn’t end on a high note, but he took both the Canucks and Rangers to the finals (with veteran heavy teams). I don’t know if he’s the right match for the Flyers, though. I don’t know if he’s a guy who’s gonna come in here and groom young players or show patience in that department. Maybe there’s some frustration there, maybe not. Maybe some guys go in the dog house while others respond well and thrive.

Anthony and Russ will do the real analysis later, but until then, you tell me –

Alain Vigneault – yay? nay? meh?

Here’s his head coaching record:

 

John Boruk is Out at NBC Sports Philadelphia

Kevin Kinkead - April 12, 2019

Here’s some news on a Friday afternoon.

From Boruk himself:

Boruk was NBCSP’s Flyers reporter/insider, having replaced Tim Panaccio more than a year ago. I’m told via source that his contract was not renewed.

Why no renewal? Not sure. Could be money, could be a “different direction,” something like that, though he did drive over the occasional social media pothole.

Maybe you recall November of 2017, when Boruk was asked to apologize for a tweet in which he basically said that pink is a girly color and that he didn’t want his son wearing a pink basketball jersey. That’s a generalization, but this was the result of the backlash, after the jump:

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“We’re Not Good Enough Right Now” – GM Chuck Fletcher Wraps Up Flyers’ Disappointing Season

Kevin Kinkead - April 8, 2019

The Flyers are signing off this morning after another unsatisfying season.

They again failed to make the playoffs, the general manager was fired, and the head coach followed suit. Along the way they gave Carter Hart his long-awaited NHL debut, enjoyed a late resurgence, ripped off a couple of nice wins, and then ultimately failed to climb out of the hole they themselves dug.

It’s Chuck Fletcher’s world now. Time to find a new coach. Time to add some pieces to the roster. Time to get some jam back in the building.

The GM spoke on break-up day, and said the following in a 36 minute media availability:

  • On Joel Quenneville: “Disappointed, but happy for Joel. Less than 48 hours since the end of our season, and the process of identifying the next head coach of the Flyers will start today.” 
  • Scott Gordon “remains a strong candidate” for the job.
  • He had not talked to Quenneville recently. He says the team is just starting the process of finding a new head coach (which is obviously just a generic line, of course they have a shortlist of candidates).
  • Team will be active in trying to make improvements. Can’t control marketplace and trade market. He thinks the club has a lot of good players right now.
  • The biggest concern is giving up too many goals per game, mentions that team was 29th in goals against. “You have no chance of making the playoffs if you’re giving up that many goals.” He doesn’t think it’s an effort issue.
  • Thinks the team has some bad habits that need to be recognized, that’s a focus in training camp, an opportunity to implement changes when practice time is ample.
  • On the coaching search, he mentioned experience and a sharing of philosophy, plus intelligence and communication as desirable traits. “It’s a host of factors. Certainly experience is part of it.”
  • He will work with the head coach on naming the assistant coaching staff. They’ll work quickly on that after making a hire.

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The Joel Quenneville Talk Can Finally Stop. Now, lets talk Dave Tippett

Anthony SanFilippo - April 8, 2019

The Flyers offseason is only entering it’s second day and the angst has already set in.

It’s because of an early morning tweet from another team:

Wait, I thought he was “definitely” coming here?

Oh, sorry.

Let’s get some things out of the way here first:

  • The Flyers never offered Quenneville a contract.
  • Chuck Fletcher didn’t seek permission from Chicago to speak to him about the Flyers job – not in December and not in April.
  • Quenneville, while an attractive name and an impressive resume, probably wasn’t the right fit for a young team like the Flyers as he is not a patient coach.
  • I can’t say this with 100 percent certainty, but I’m pretty confident Quenneville let it be known in NHL circles where he wanted to go this offseason and Philadelphia wasn’t the option that interested him the most.
  • Not to mention, Quenneville has a pre-existing relationship with Panthers General Manager Dale Tallon from Tallon’s days in the same role in Chicago.

Now, why would Florida be more appealing than Philly? Especially since that team doesn’t draw well and roughly half of the people who do attend games in South Florida are fans of the visiting team.

Well, you can’t beat the weather, for one. But, hockey-wise, they are a draw for a coach, after the jump, because:

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Snow The Goalie: State of the Flyers with President Paul Holmgren

Russ Joy - April 8, 2019

Anthony and Russ sit down for an exclusive interview with Flyers President Paul Holmgren. They discuss the team’s young core, 2007 v. 2019, the team/fan dynamic, restricted free agents, the coaching search, the job Scott Gordon has done, Chuck Fletcher’s hiring, and just how long Holmgren believes he has left in his role. The guys then react to the interview and touch on some other Flyers topics, including the names being rumored in the coaching search and potential offseason targets. Plus, new five star reviews.

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Plus, don’t forget to check out “The Press Row Show” with Anthony and Russ for pregame and intermission coverage of Flyers home games LIVE from press row of Wells Fargo Center! The show streams on Twitter/Periscope via Crossing Broad, Anthony, and Russ’ accounts and Facebook Live via the Crossing Broad page.

Check out the other shows on the Crossing Broad Podcast Network including: Crossing Broadcast: A Philly Sports PodcastCrossed Up: A Phillies PodcastIt’s Always Soccer in Philadelphia, and Crossing Broad FC: A Soccer Podcast.

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Snow The Goalie: The Postmortem Podcast

Russ Joy - March 29, 2019

With the Flyers unofficially out of postseason contention, Anthony and Russ assess the season, answer whether or not the season was a disappointment, look ahead to the off-season, compare this team to the 2014 squad, and reveal their thoughts on what personnel moves Chuck Fletcher might make.

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Please subscribe to the show ([iTunes] [Google Play] [Stitcher] [RSS]), leave a 5 star review, and follow us on Twitter: @AntSanPhilly @JoyOnBroad

Plus, don’t forget to check out “The Press Row Show” with Anthony and Russ for pregame and intermission coverage of Flyers home games LIVE from press row of Wells Fargo Center! The show streams on Twitter/Periscope via Crossing Broad, Anthony, and Russ’ accounts and Facebook Live via the Crossing Broad page.

Check out the other shows on the Crossing Broad Podcast Network including: Crossing Broadcast: A Philly Sports PodcastCrossed Up: A Phillies PodcastIt’s Always Soccer in Philadelphia, and Crossing Broad FC: A Soccer Podcast.

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A Few Clues About the Future? Thoughts After Flyers 5, Maple Leafs 4

Anthony SanFilippo - March 28, 2019

So, the Flyers won last night, defeating the Toronto Maple Leafs in a shootout 5-4.

It allowed them to officially stave off elimination for at least one more night. Good for them. They didn’t have to bow out of the season in front of the home crowd. They gave the faithful a nice effort against a pretty good team. Good for the Flyers.

However, at this point, they would have to win their last five games, Montreal would have to lose their last five, with at least four of them coming in regulation, and Columbus would have to lose five-of-six with their lone win coming against Montreal tonight and then four of those five losses would have to come in regulation.

Or, if one of those teams doesn’t comply, Carolina would need to lose their last six games, all in regulation.

I know, I know, you know they aren’t going to make the playoffs. I just wanted to throw that out there for the Lloyd Christmases among you who will scream, “So you’re saying there is a chance?

Additionally, it’s not worth even diving into the breakdown of the game. Here’s all you need to know on that front:

  • Carter Hart won his first NHL shootout by not allowing a goal.
  • It was the first shootout all season for Toronto, which seems impossible, but it’s true.
  • Sean Couturier scored the lone shootout goal. He was 2-for-20 in his career before last night.
  • Couturier also scored his 32nd goal of the season, a career high.
  • The other goals for the Flyers were scored by Travis Konecny, Radko Gudas and Ryan Hartman.

That about covers it.

But, there were a few interesting things that occurred in and around the game that I do want to talk about as they will most likely have a greater impact on the team moving forward.

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