Flyers hire Alain Vigneault as head coach

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Flyers have hired Alain Vigneault as head coach.

Vigneault has led the New York Rangers and Vancouver Canucks to the Stanley Cup final and takes over a Flyers team that missed the playoffs for the second time in three seasons. Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher made his first big move since he was hired in November. Vigneault replaces interim coach Scott Gordon.

"The history they have established and the passionate fan base has made this a first-class franchise. I am excited to work with Chuck, the talented group of players, and the prospects coming up through the system in order to return Philadelphia to the top of the NHL landscape," Vigneault said.

The Flyers went 37-37-8 for 82 points this season.

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