There is another interesting coaching candidate hitting the market. The Philadelphia Flyers have announced that they will be parting ways with Scott Gordon, head coach of their AHL affiliate Lehigh Valley. With Gordon leaving, assistant coach Kerry Huffman has also decided to step down from his role. Flyers GM Chuck Fletcher released a statement on the decision:
I would like to thank Scott and Kerry for their service to the organization. Both Scott and Kerry have dedicated their time and effort in developing Flyers prospects and bringing success to Lehigh Valley over the last several years. In speaking with each of them, we felt this was best for the future direction of the organization.
The departure of Gordon from the Flyers organization is a surprising one and may suggest that he has an opportunity somewhere else around the league. The 58-year-old coach is very well respected in the NHL and has led the Phantoms since 2015. In 2018-19 he served as interim head coach for the Flyers, and previously was the head coach of the New York Islanders. He also was head coach of the U.S. World Championship squad three times and assisted at both the Olympics and World Cup in the past.
That’s a long impressive resume for Gordon, whose name has been discussed in regards to vacancies around the league before. With several NHL teams rebuilding their whole staff this offseason, expect his name to be brought up once again.