12:58 PM EDT, Thu April 18, 2019
2 hours ago
Flyperblog: Flyers fans chime in on Alain Vigneault

Flyperblog: Flyers fans chime in on Alain Vigneault

I HAVE NO STRONG FEELINGS ONE WAY OR THE OTHER Alain Vigneault has been the head coach of the Philadelphia Flyers for a little under a week and the verdict is in - he is, in fact, the head coach of the Philadelphia Flyers. A scientific poll was conducted on Wednesday night at a number of downtown Philadelphia establishments, including Oscar’s, Locust Rendezvous, Dirty Frank’s, and a park bench at 11th and Pine. Numerous individuals of all ages, gender, and race were polled, but mainly anyone who wanted a Citywide Special. I first spoke with Joey McCloskey, who was a fan of the signing....
2 hours ago
BSH Radio #205: The Alain Vigneault hour

BSH Radio #205: The Alain Vigneault hour

The gang gets together for the first time since the AV hiring and discussion ensued. It’s the Alain Vigneault show! The Flyers have a new coach and we devote a full hour to Philly’s shiny new bench boss. We dive deep into AV’s past in Vancouver and New York, his style of play, the narratives surrounding him and what we expect. We were actually kind of positive! I know, it’s a weird look for us. Listen. Do it.
3 hours ago
Sean Couturier should be a Selke nominee, not Patrice Bergeron

Sean Couturier should be a Selke nominee, not Patrice Bergeron

The 26 year old forward possibly had a more impressive season than last, but voters are still clinging to the Patrice Bergeron of old. The nominees for the 2019 Selke Trophy award were released yesterday, and in a criminal offense, Sean Couturier is not one of them. The Flyers forward received his first nomination last season when he came in second to Anze Kopitar of the Los Angeles Kings in what was another criminal offense in my personal opinion. This season, a winger has a chance to win the award for the first time since Jere Lehtinen in 2003 with Mark Stone from the Vegas Golden Knights...
6 hours ago
Thursday Morning Fly By: Kids and King Clancy

Thursday Morning Fly By: Kids and King Clancy

Today’s open discussion thread, complete with your daily dose of Flyers news and notes… Let’s ease on into the morning. In case you missed it, we’ve got a brand new Ice Sport Radio! [BSH] It was bound to happen eventually. The Phantoms’ season ended last weekend, so it’s time for the last Phantoms weekly rundown. [BSH] Speaking of the Phantoms, more on the impressive bunch of rookies they’ve got down there. [The AHL] We’re still talking about the big news of the week, and our pal Charlie has a deep dive on Alain Vigneault. [The Athletic] And even more on the Vigneault...
23 hours ago
Phantoms weekly rundown: The season finale

Phantoms weekly rundown: The season finale

It all ends here. Where we are The Phantoms started their final weekend of the season against who else but Providence, the team looking to clinch that last playoff spot in the Atlantic. They may have ultimately done just that, but the Phantoms got the better of them in this particular game. They came out with some jump and got themselves on the board early on, with the first tally by Colin McDonald just over five minutes into the first period, and then scored three more unanswered (Bryron Froese, Greg Carey, and Corban Knight, hello) between then and the final minute of the second period....
Apr 17, 2019
Ice Sport Radio 4/16: Mid-first round roundtable

Ice Sport Radio 4/16: Mid-first round roundtable

We’re halfway through the first round, which feels like a good time to revisit our pre-playoff predictions. We’re three games into the the Stanley Cup Playoffs, so it’s time for some takes. But not before some initial thoughts on new Flyers head coach Alain Vigneault. Once we get to the teams actually playing games we discuss if the Islanders are #ActuallyGood, what kind of abject failure the Lightning are about to be considered, and whether Ovechkin did anything wrong by fighting a teenager. There’s some other good stuff in there too, so much that I can’t even remember it all. So...
Apr 17, 2019
Wednesday Morning Fly By: How are we feeling?

Wednesday Morning Fly By: How are we feeling?

Today’s open discussion thread, complete with your daily dose of Flyers news and notes… *Have we all settled in? Cool. Here’s five things we can probably assume about Chuck’s plans based on his choice of head coach. [NBC Sports Philly] *One thing we can be reasonably sure of is that Big Al is going to have some work to do with the overall mindset of this roster. [BSH] *Charlie has given his thoughts on the hire, which are, as always, worth reading. [The Athletic] *Should we worry that the game has passed Vigneault by? [BSH] *One thing that can’t be denied: dude has a good track...
Apr 16, 2019
Chatting with Blueshirt Banter about Alain Vigneault

Chatting with Blueshirt Banter about Alain Vigneault

And they don’t have a lot of good things to say. We already know that new Philadelphia Flyers coach Alain Vigneault spent his time most recently with the New York Rangers. I reached out to Joe Fortunato from Blueshirt Banter and asked him some questions about our new bench boss. First things first, would you say Alain Vigneault is a good coach? This is a loaded question. I don't think Vigneault is a good coach. I think there is a ton of evidence that Vigneault is, in fact, a horrible coach, who was carried by two elite goaltenders (Roberto Luongo and Henrik Lundqvist) in their primes....
Apr 16, 2019
Opinions on new coach Alain Vigneault from Nucks Misconduct

Opinions on new coach Alain Vigneault from Nucks Misconduct

Sure they may have lit the city on fire during his tenure, but it wasn’t all bad. New Philadelphia Flyers head coach Alain Vigneault spent seven years with the Vancouver Canucks, the most time he has spent with one team in his career. I sat down with Kent Basky from Nucks Misconduct to chat about what we should expect. First things first, would you say Alain Vigneault is a good coach? Well, yes and no. It’s been a while since the glory days in Vancouver, and he went on and did his run on Broadway after that. I think he can be a good coach if he has a solid staff of assistants and a GM...
Apr 16, 2019
Could be better, could be worse

Could be better, could be worse

Meh. Steve and Craig break down the Philadelphia Flyers naming Alain Vigneault their next head coach. The two also talk about the Stanley Cup playoffs, Shayne Gostisbehere’s knee injury, and Joel Farabee being pretty good at hockey. Make sure to follow us on twitter @Flyperbole and @Sports_Are_Bad. Also follow @BSH_Radio and don’t forget to rate us on iTunes! You can find the entire Broad Street Hockey audio offerings in the following places: iTunes, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and RSS.
Apr 16, 2019
Why tactical overhauls in hockey make the Alain Vigneault hire look shortsighted

Why tactical overhauls in hockey make the Alain Vigneault hire look shortsighted

Hockey has only become more about offense. Vigneault defies this. It’s the 2019 NHL offseason. Birds are chirping outside, it’s a wonderful day, and you’re enjoying a cold one with some friends, watching Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Blue Jackets and the Golden Knights (the two-pronged team name final, as it should be). You sit there wondering to yourself, “How did the Lightning ever lose that series?”, when suddenly, your phone ushers an alert: Jon Cooper fired, hired by Flyers, 6 years $30 million. You’re ecstatic! Finally, a good coach will be in charge in...
Apr 16, 2019
Why did the Flyers hire Vigneault? Mindset

Why did the Flyers hire Vigneault? Mindset

In Chuck Fletcher’s season ending press conference, he said that changing the team’s mindset was as big a need as adding players to the roster. Hiring Alain Vigneault hammers that point home. Chuck Fletcher’s first move of what should be an eventful off season was to hire former Rangers, Canucks and Canadiens head coach Alain Vigneault to replace interim coach Scott Gordon behind the bench of the Philadelphia Flyers. Vigneault brings a very good resume to South Philly. Two trips to the Stanley Cup Final, 8 seasons where his team piled up 100 or more points in the last 12 he’s...
Apr 16, 2019
Tuesday Morning Fly By: Meet the new boss

Tuesday Morning Fly By: Meet the new boss

Today’s open discussion thread, complete with your daily dose of Flyers news and notes… *Okay there are some other links down below but I put those here before The Big News. No one cares about anything else, so let’s talk about it: new head coach Alain Vigneault. [Flyers] [BSH] [AP] [Hockeybuzz] *The announcement prompted some analysis from our friends at Blueshirt Banter. [Blueshirt Banter] *Speaking of, here is their 2018 report card for their former head coach. A lot of useful insight here, definitely worth a read. [Blueshirt Banter] *There are a few players who really need to...
Apr 15, 2019
Flyers name Alain Vigneault head coach

Flyers name Alain Vigneault head coach

It’s a retread hire, but at least someone with a winning track record ... and not from college. The Flyers have a new coach, and that man is Alain Vigneault. BREAKING: The #Flyers have named Alain Vigneault as the 21st head coach in franchise history! https://t.co/FDSifRzyG7— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) April 15, 2019 Vigneault will sign a multi-year contract according the the club, making him the 21st head coach in Flyers history. He follows Dave Hakstol, whom Flyers GM Chuck Fletcher fired on Dec. 17 of this past season. Hakstol was followed by interim head coach Scott...
Apr 15, 2019
History of the 11th overall pick

History of the 11th overall pick

Some pretty notable names have been taken just outside the top 10. The NHL draft Lottery on Tuesday night wasn’t exactly the most fun for Philadelphia Flyers’ fans. Not only did the New Jersey Devils land the first overall pick and the New York Rangers grab the second, but the Orange and Black dropped from having the 10th overall pick to the 11th. After the team added on points in January, February, and March despite essentially being out of the playoff picture in December, having two divisional rivals land the two prizes at the top of the draft while moving outside of the top 10 is...