Flyers coach ‘very disappointed’ by Robin Lehner’s accusations

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Alain Vigneault pushed back against accusations of mistreatment made by Robin Lehner over the weekend.

In a series of Tweets that began with trying to bring attention to the stalemate between Jack Eichel and the Sabres over his medical options, the Golden Knights goaltender wrote that benzodiazepines and Ambien are among drugs given to players without a prescription. He also mentioned Vigneault, labeling the Flyers head coach a “dinosaur” and called for his firing.

“I was obviously very disappointed,” Vigneault said Monday. “As far as me pushing pills, I don’t need another income. I have no idea where that comes from. I don’t know what else to say. I have no idea.”

Lehner clarified to ESPN’s Emily Kaplan that did not intend to accuse Vigneault of distributing pills to players, but wanted to criticize how the Flyers head coach has treated players.

“I don’t know the young man,” Vigneault added. “[He said] that I was a dinosaur. I consider myself experienced. Dinosaur? You can say that with experience you become a dinosaur, maybe? I do know that I’ve been coaching a few years. I am tough. I am demanding. But I care about my players. I want their best. Through the years, some guys have liked me and some guys a little bit less. But I’ve done it with the best intentions, with respect.”

NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly told the Associated Press that the league will reach out to discuss the accusations with Lehner, who mentioned he has spoken to the NHLPA about the issue.

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Sean Leahy is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @Sean_Leahy.

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