Flyers hype video will make you want to run through a wall

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In general manager Chuck Fletcher’s first off season with the Flyers, he had a long list of to-do before October. While adding depth and a few new faces to the list was near the top of the list, nothing was more important than the task of bringing in a new head coach.

Many were targeting Joel Quennville, who was fired by the Blackhawks at the start of the 2018-19 season. It was a shock to the hockey world, having helped Chicago win three Stanley Cups in 10 years. Eventually he chose to go to Florida. No, not to retire. Quennville was out of his new Panthers team to be their bench boss.

Finally, the news was announced that Alain Vigneault was coming to town. As with all other off-season acquisitions, the response has been everywhere. Philadelphia didn’t know it at the time, but had just received a perfect fit for her city, her team and the organization.

It is an honor to be chosen as the Flyers’ next head coach, “said Vigneault after being hired. The story they’ve built and the passionate fan base has made it a first class franchise. I am delighted to be working with Chuck, the talented group of players and prospects that cross the system, to bring Philadelphia to the top of the NHL landscape.

Who knew that in just a few months, the Flyers would once again be near the top of the NHL landscape. Again, this is largely due to Fletcher and his movements during the offseason and around the trade deadline – but when you look at the overall success of the team every night? That’s all Vigneault.

There was a mental trend this season compared to the previous ones. The locker room had a different vibe from the jump and you could feel how it had positively affected the overall game of the Flyers. Vigneault also showed that he was not afraid to speak up and be honest with his players and the media to kick his team in the right direction.

The sudden end to the NHL season has been difficult for many – especially Flyers fans, as they have been anticipating a season like this for some time. The official word has been published: if hockey returns, the league will go straight to the playoffs, which means that the 2019-2020 regular season is over. Now, since that is the case, the league prizes will have to be awarded based on the condensed season – all the more reason to nominate Coach Vigneault of the Year.

Some key examples

• Since the start of training camp, he has not hesitated to discuss his thoughts on Travis Konecny ​​and the need to have him here to familiarize himself with the new faces and new systems of the organization . Fortunately for the Flyers, Konecny ​​and the team got along, he arrived shortly after and had the best season of his young career.

• Vigneault was not afraid to call the veterans on the team either. Knowing what his players are capable of, it is important for him to make the most of them.

• When the Flyers announced that Ewing’s sarcoma had been diagnosed at Oskar Lindblom, it was a difficult time for everyone. Aside from sport, the human side of it all is mentally exhausting. Lindblom has received such support from players, fans and especially Vigneault – always referring to his “big smile” when the 23-year-old forward attends a game or training.

• Looking at an almost full season without Nolan Patrick (migraine disorder), a shortened Lindblom season and injuries that have appeared throughout the season – James van Riemsdyk with a broken hand, knee injury from Shayne Gostisbehere, Scott Laughton and Michael Raffl’s broken fingers and Konecny ​​missing a handful of games due to a concussion … it’s safe to say it never seemed like this team didn’t have a key player. This is all due to the call-ups and the way Vigneault adjusted his lines every time the Flyers hit the ice.

Vigneault was everything the city could wish for as a coach and more. And while there are certainly a handful of other coaches in the league who also deserve this award (John Tortorella at Columbus, Travis Green in Vancouver), nothing comes close to the case of the new chef bench in Philadelphia.

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