New Philadelphia Flyers head coach Alain Vigneault is wasting no time building his staff, and he’s bringing in some heavy hitters.
The Flyers announced Monday they have hired veteran NHL head coaches Michel Therrien and Mike Yeo as assistant coaches.
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Therrien, 55, spent eight seasons in two different stints as coach of the Canadiens and four seasons leading the Penguins. He guided Pittsburgh to the Stanley Cup Final in 2008. His career mark is 406-303-23-82.
Yeo, 45, led the Minnesota Wild for five seasons before going to St. Louis for three years. He was fired earlier this season after the team got off to a slow start. He has a career record of 246-181-55.
Flyers executive VP and general manager Chuck Fletcher also announced that assistant coaches Ian Laperriere, Kim Dillabaugh and Adam Patterson will return for the 2019-20 season. Assistants Kris Knoblauch and Rick Wilson will not be back.
“I am excited to add Michel and Mike on our coaching staff to work alongside Ian Laperriere, Kim Dillabaugh and Adam Patterson,” Vigneault said in a statement. “Both men have enjoyed success at all levels throughout their coaching careers, including working together at the NHL level. Each brings a considerable amount of experience and knowledge to our group, which I have no doubt will help lead our team to immediate success.”
Vigneault, hired April 15 by the Flyers, takes over a team that finished 37-37-8 this season and missed the playoffs for the second time in three years. Philadelphia has not advanced past the first round since 2012.