The Flyers fired head coach Alain Vigneault on Monday after 147 games at the helm.
It's hard to blame the front office for the move considering how listless the team has looked during its current eight-game losing streak, but it's still a bummer to realize how far the Flyers have fallen in such a short time from Vigneault's thrilling first season in Philadelphia.
But Vigneault's approach had grown stale, and he didn't seem to be getting much from his players as the losses stacked up. The move on Monday didn't feel like a total surprise.
And you'd better believe Flyers fans had plenty to say about the move, plus the franchise's firing of assistant coach Michel Therrien.
Here's a sampling of the sentiment across Flyers Twitter on Monday:
That all feels about right.
Vigneault certainly isn't the only problem facing the Flyers right now - a lack of top-level talent, questionable contracts, and an untimely sizable injury to the team's biggest offseason acquisition aren't helping - but he wasn't getting the results you look for from a head coach when a team is facing adversity.
It was the right move, but it shouldn't be the last move. The organization has plenty left to fix.
Vigneault leaves the Flyers with a 74-54-19 record and a .568 points percentage. His 74 wins rank 13th all-time in Flyers franchise history, and his points percentage ranks 11th. Mike Yeo is expected to take over as the interim head coach; the next full-time Flyers head coach will be the 22nd in franchise history.
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