Former Rangers coach Alain Vigneault is back in the NHL, and his old team is going to be seeing plenty of him.
Vigneault was named the new coach of the Flyers on Monday after sitting out the 2018-19 season. It was Philadelphia where Vigneault coached his final game with the Blueshirts last season, getting fired by Jeff Gorton just hours after the season finale when the team returned to New York.
"It is an honor to be selected as the next head coach of the Flyers," Vigneault said in a release. "The history they have established and the passionate fan base has made this a first-class franchise. I am excited to work with Chuck (Fletcher,) the talented group of players and prospects coming up through the system, in order to return Philadelphia to the top of the NHL landscape."
Those were Vigneault's first public comments since he released a statement following last year's firing.
Vigneault has been a polarizing figure among fans, particularly because of his penchant to give veterans very long leashes and not developing enough young players.
But Vigneault took the Rangers to the Stanley Cup Final in his first year as Rangers coach in 2013-14 and they got back to the Eastern Conference final the following season, losing in Game 7 after winning the Presidents' Trophy during the regular season.
He led the Canucks to the Presidents' Trophy in consecutive seasons during the 2010-11 and 2011-12 campaigns. In 2011 the Canucks were in the Stanley Cup Final, losing to Boston in Game 7.
Vigneault, 57, is tied for 12th all-time among NHL coaches with 648 regular-season wins. He will coach Team Canada at next month's IIHF World Championship.