Flyers fire head coach Alain Vigneault amid eight-game losing streak

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The Philadelphia Flyers have parted ways with head coach Alain Vigneault. (Photo by Derek Cain/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
The Philadelphia Flyers have parted ways with head coach Alain Vigneault. (Photo by Derek Cain/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The Philadelphia Flyers have made a change at the head coaching position after a miserable start to the 2021-22 season.

After two-plus seasons, Alain Vigneault was dismissed by the organization on Tuesday morning, as per multiple insiders. Assistant coach Michel Therrien was also let go

The announcement marks the fourth time Vigneault has ran out his tenure as head coach with an NHL organization. Previously with the Montreal Canadiens, Vancouver Canucks and New York Rangers, each have been high-profile gigs. 

Philadelphia had lost eight consecutive games leading up to the announcement, which happened to be the longest losing streak of Vigneault's tenure. The Flyers' most recent loss was a 7-1 drubbing at the hands of the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday, which seems to have triggered the decision from management. 

The skid has seen the team slide to 24th in the overall standings, seven points and four positions out of a postseason spot.

Flyers assistant and former Minnesota Wild and St. Louis Blues bench boss Mike Yeo will handle the coaching duties in the interim, according to Frank Seravalli of the Daily Faceoff. Seravalli also notes that former Flyer Rick Tocchett, now an analyst with TNT after a recent coaching stint with the Arizona Coyotes, "will be high" on Philadelphia's list of candidates. 

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