“Did good job under the circumstances” – Philadelphia Flyers fire Mike Yeo as coach

Yeo was the Philadelphia Flyers' sixth coach since the start of the 2013-14 NHL season.

Flyers coach Mike Yeo
Flyers coach Mike Yeo

The Philadelphia Flyers have fired Mike Yeo as coach after they (25-46-11) finished eighth in the Metropolitan Division and 15th in the Eastern Conference with 61 points. This meant that the Flyers failed to qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the second straight National Hockey League (NHL) season.

Yeo, who was promoted from assistant to replace Alain Vigneault as a coach on December 6, took Philadelphia to 17-36-7. Talking about his career record, the former Canadian ice hockey player is 263-217-62 in 542 regular-season games and 17-22 in 39 playoff games in eight NHL seasons with the Minnesota Wild, St. Louis Blues and Flyers.

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“I met with Mike yesterday and I advised him he won’t be our head coach for next season,” Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher said on Tuesday, as quoted by NHL.com. “We dealt Mike a really tough hand. He’s a good coach. I thought he did a really good job under the circumstances. He kept our players competing and playing hard to the end.”

“Yeo is free to speak to other teams right now”

Chuck Fletcher and Mike Yeo
Chuck Fletcher and Mike Yeo

Fletcher went on to mention that the 58-year-old Mike is currently speaking to other teams and see what options are available. However, the GM said that he would talk to Yeo about remaining in some role back with the Flyers.

He’s free to speak to other teams right now and see what options are there,” Fletcher said. “Depending on how things go over the next six weeks on his end, our end, I’d love to find an opportunity, whether it’s in coaching, player development, front office, scouting. He’s a good hockey man. He has a lot of experience, a lot of good ideas, obviously has a lot of first-hand information on our players and the environment.”

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