The Flyers are starting to fill some holes.
At least in the front office and on the coaching staff.
Not only did the Flyers name Chuck Fletcher their new general manager Monday (see story), but it also looks like the team has a new assistant coach.
Rick Wilson, a University of North Dakota product, will join Dave Hakstol's staff, according to a report Monday by Brad E. Schlossman of the Grand Forks Herald. A UND spokesman told NBC Sports Philadelphia's John Boruk that Wilson has accepted a position but could not confirm it is with the Flyers.
The 68-year-old recently retired in May after 30 years of coaching in the NHL. Wilson played and coached at North Dakota, where Hakstol was the head coach for 11 years before the Flyers hired him in May 2015.
Wilson replaces Gord Murphy, who was fired last Wednesday along with assistant general manager Chris Pryor. Murphy oversaw the Flyers' defensemen.
"In discussion between Paul [Holmgren] and I, the decision was made based on what we felt was best for our group on the back end moving forward,” Hakstol said last week. “I don’t want to get into specific issues. It’s about the entire group.”
It will be interesting to see how long Wilson lasts with the Flyers. In fact, the future of the entire staff — Hakstol, Kris Knoblauch (power play), Ian Laperriere (penalty kill) and Kim Dillabaugh (goalies) — is up in the air with a new general manager taking the reins. Hakstol was consulted over the Murphy decision and he more than likely had a say in bringing on Wilson (see story).
Wilson has past coaching experience with the Islanders, Kings, North Stars, Stars, Lightning, Wild and Blues, according to the Grand Forks Herald.
He won a Stanley Cup with the Stars in 1999 and played four seasons in the NHL from 1973 to 1977.
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