The Philadelphia Flyers are apparently looking at newly available head coach Bruce Cassidy to fill their vacancy.
The Flyers are coming off one of their worst seasons in recent memory. They are in search of a new head coach after the Flyers decided not to retain Mike Yeo, who was interim head coach. They previously fired Alain Vigneault in December after a horrendous start to the season.
Candidates to be Flyers' coach: Bruce Cassidy https://t.co/iJ30MTv1wK
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Earlier Tuesday, news surfaced that the Boston Bruins had fired then head coach Bruce Cassidy. The move came as a bit of a surprise considering the Bruins finished the season with 107 points. They lost in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs to the Carolina Hurricanes, who finished with 116 points. That was going to be a difficult series to win, regardless of who was head coach.
Philadelphia has reportedly already had a laundry list of potential coaches in mind. The list includes Barry Trotz, Rick Toccht, Paul Maurice, and John Tortorella among others, according to Yahoo Sports.
If the Flyers end up hiring Cassidy, they will get an established head coach with a ton of playoff experience. In his six years with the Bruins, they reached the playoffs all six years. That includes a trip to the Stanley Cup Finals, losing in seven games to the St. Louis Blues.
Whoever the Flyers end up deciding on as their new coach, they will almost certainly have their work cut out for them. Philadelphia traded away arguably its best player, Claude Giroux at the trade deadline. That was a clear sign that Philadelphia was in rebuild mode. That is also what made it a bit surprising that Philly did not hold on to interim coach Mike Yeo.