It did not take very long for much maligned former St. Louis Blues head coach Mike Yeo to find himself a brand new job in the National Hockey League.
According to a breaking news announcement from the Philadelphia Flyers organization the Flyers have now hired the aforementioned Mike Yeo and he will be joining the staff of newly appointed Flyers head coach Alain Vigneault. This now makes it their 3rd former National Hockey League head coach hired in the last month and that has to feel like a big time win for a Flyers fan base that was extremely frustrated with the coaching their team received last season.
The Flyers made a joint announcement on Monday revealing that both former Montreal Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien as well as Yeo would be joining their coaching staff, although the news regarding Therrien's hire had already broken the day prior
"I am excited to add Michel and Mike on our coaching staff to work alongside Ian Laperriere, Kim Dillabaugh and Adam Patterson," said Vigneault via the Flyers official website. "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."
Both of these men have been multiple time head coaches in the National Hockey League and both have done so with multiple different NHL organizations, making this a huge coup for general manager Chuck Fletcher. Although I find it hard to believe that either Yeo or Therrien were in line for another head coaching job anytime soon, I imagine it still took quite a bit of convincing to get them to put their egos aside and agree to work under Vigneault's leadership moving forward.
Another interesting little tidbit here is that there is an interesting connection between Fletcher, Therrien and Yeo. Therrien and Yeo worked closely together when Therrien was the head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins for 7 seasons, Yeo was an assistant of his at that time. When Therrien was fired by the Penguins he did some scouting on the side for the Minnesota Wild, who were then run by general manager Chuck Fletcher, and apparently Therrien made a very good impression while doing so.
It will be very interesting to see if the chemistry between these 3 pays off for the Flyers.