The Philadelphia Flyers have added another coach to their ranks today in the way of Darryl Williams, per an official press release from the team.
The 53-year-old has plenty of experience coaching in the NHL, with nine of his ten seasons working in the pros coming under none other than Flyers head Coach, Alain Vigneault. He spent six years under AV with the Vancouver Canucks, meaning he was on the staff of the 2011 Stanley Cup finalists, and would follow the Head Coach to New York for a further four years.
Most recently, Williams spent three years as the coach for the ECHL’s Newfoundland Growlers.
It’s nice to see the Flyers filling their staff out with coaches who have obvious familiarity. AV is clearly trying to run things in a certain way and there’s arguably none better to help him do that than someone who has been around him for as long as Williams has.
Williams is also a former player, having played in a pair of games for the Los Angeles Kings back in 1992.
For now, the Flyers have their hands full with the NHL Expansion Draft and the remainder of the offseason. But after a torrid 2020-2021 campaign, it was clear change was needed. While there have been no firings as of yet, the addition of someone who is so deeply entrenched in the way Alain Vigneault wants his team to play can only mean good things.
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