Dreger Café: Vigneault explains the three things he needed to join Flyers
As part of TSN's extensive coverage of the world hockey championship, TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger sits down with some of the game's prominent personalities in Slovakia, discussing the hot topics of the day.
In this edition of 'Dreger Cafe,' Darren goes one-on-one with Team Canada and Philadelphia Flyers head coach Alain Vigneault.
Here are a few topics that stood out.
Why he chose the Flyers
"A couple of teams came knocking, but when I talked to Philly - when I talked with Chuck Fletcher, I looked at their personnel, the possibilities for improving that team - I got excited and we quickly worked out a deal. It went from no work to coaching two teams (including Team Canada), so it worked out well..."
What he's looking for in a team he wants to coach
"There are three things that had to be in place. A chance to win: I believe that with the pieces we have in Philly, the young players we have coming up, that in the near future should be a contender and should be able to get into the playoffs and contend for that Cup.
"The other two things: A GM I could work with - sharing the same philosophy as me for building a team growing a team. And a first class organization. I've been probably one of the luckiest coaches in the NHL. I've worked for the Montreal Canadiens, the Vancouver Canucks and the New York Rangers - three first class, two Original Six. I've been very fortunate and very lucky - I know it better than anyone else. That's what I feel about Philly and the same way about that organization..."
His message to the fans in Philadelphia
"I want to win, management wants to win and ownership wants to win. There's no doubt in my mind that the players want to win..."