Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Flyers moving on from interim HC Mike Yeo

The Philadelphia Flyers fired then-head coach Alain Vigneault again on Dec. 6 following a 7-1 blowout loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning and sat at 8-10-4 when assistant coach Mike Yeo was named interim coach. Yeo might solely accomplish that a lot to cease the bleeding, and the Flyers ended the season at 25-46-11, lifeless final within the Metropolitan Division standings and 15th within the Japanese Convention above solely the Montreal Canadiens.

As had been broadly anticipated, Flyers normal supervisor Chuck Fletcher confirmed Tuesday that Yeo will not be Philadelphia’s head coach subsequent fall. 

“I met with Mike yesterday and I suggested him he will not be our head coach for subsequent season,” Fletcher defined whereas talking with reporters, in keeping with Tom Gulitti of the NHL’s web site. “We dealt Mike a extremely robust hand. He is an excellent coach. I believed he did a extremely good job below the circumstances. He saved our gamers competing and enjoying exhausting to the top.”

Underneath Yeo, the Flyers tallied a 17-36-7 mark throughout what shortly turned a misplaced marketing campaign. Fletcher mentioned he’d like Yeo to stay with the Flyers in some function however added the coach is “free to talk to different groups proper now” about openings. 

“Relying on how issues go over the subsequent six weeks on his finish, our finish, I would love to seek out a possibility, whether or not it is in teaching, participant growth, entrance workplace, scouting,” Fletcher mentioned of Yeo probably working for the Flyers in 2022-23. “He is an excellent hockey man. He has quite a lot of expertise, quite a lot of good concepts, clearly has quite a lot of first-hand data on our gamers and the setting.”

Per Greg Wyshynski of ESPN, Fletcher did not say when a head coach could possibly be employed this spring or summer season. The Flyers’ hockey operations division will likely be tasked with discovering Yeo’s full-time substitute. 

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