With Philadelphia hiring Alain Vigneault as their new head coach last week, that has left former interim bench boss Scott Gordon’s future with the team in question. Flyers GM Chuck Fletcher told NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Jordan Hall that he plans to speak to Gordon in the coming days about potentially reprising his old role as the head coach of their AHL affiliate in Lehigh Valley.
After the season, Gordon indicated that his stint with the Flyers – one that was relatively successful as the team posted a .529 points percentage during his tenure – rekindled his interest in being a head coach at the NHL level. His first stint with the Islanders from 2008 to 2010 did not go well so he admitted to not giving much thought to getting another shot. However, with a few vacancies available, it’s quite possible that Gordon could find himself in the mix for another NHL opportunity if he decides to try to land one of those positions.
More from the Metropolitan:
- The Islanders have a lengthy list of potential unrestricted free agents this summer and one player that has quietly gone under the radar is goalie Robin Lehner. Larry Brooks of the New York Post details why New York should be confident about him sticking around beyond this season as few teams are in the market for a starting goalie. While a long-term, big money contract isn’t likely given Lehner’s previous track record, a medium-term deal at a sizable raise is one that would be a reasonable compromise for both sides. The Isles have less than $48MM committed for next season which gives GM Lou Lamoriello plenty of financial flexibility for the upcoming offseason.
- Rangers prospect Jacob Ragnarsson has signed a two-year contract with Rogle, the SHL team announced. The defenseman was the 70th overall pick back in June and spent the 2018-19 in the Allsvenskan, Sweden’s second division. As he wasn’t drafted out of the CHL, New York has four years to sign Ragnarsson so this contract shouldn’t have any bearing on them trying to sign the 19-year-old down the road.