The Philadelphia Flyers have completed their coaching staff around new bench boss Alain Vigneault, with Michel Therrien and Mike Yeo being named assistant coaches.
“I am excited to add Michel and Mike on our coaching staff to work alongside Ian Laperriere, Kim Dillabaugh and Adam Patterson,” Vigneault said in the Flyers’ press release. “Both men have enjoyed success at all levels throughout their coaching careers, including working together at the NHL level. Each brings a considerable amount of experience and knowledge to our group, which I have no doubt will help lead our team to immediate success.”
Therrien hasn’t coached in the NHL since being fired by the Montreal Canadiens partway through the 2016-17 season. That was his second stint with the Canadiens — his first actually saw him replace Vigneault in Montreal in 2000.
Yeo was fired by the St. Louis Blues back in November after coaching the club for parts of three seasons. Prior to that, he served as head coach of the Minnesota Wild for four and a half seasons. Yeo and Therrien worked together for four seasons with the Pittsburgh Penguins from 2005-2009.
The Flyers hired Vigneault on April 15 to fill the head-coaching vacancy after the dismissal of Dave Hakstol back in December. Scott Gordon, who served as interim, is now back behind the bench of the AHL’s Lehigh Valley Phantoms.