Ian Laperriere Reportedly the Favorite to Become Next Phantoms Coach

On Tuesday the Philadelphia Flyers announced that they have mutually agreed to part ways with Phantoms head coach Scott Gordon.

Gordon had spent the last six seasons as head coach of the Lehigh Valley affiliate, and coached the team to a 186-121-40-1 record in 348 regular season games and a 9-9 record in 18 Calder Cup Playoff games. He also ranks 6th all-time in with 407 wins as an AHL head coach.

The team appears to be ready to fill the position from within the organization, as Inside AHL Hockey's Tony Androckitis is reporting that current Flyers assistant Ian Laperriere is the leading candidate to become the next head coach of the Phantoms.

Androckitis is also reporting that Terry Murray, who was previously the head coach of the Phantoms from 2012-2015, will be returning to the affiliate as an assistant coach.

Laperriere's time as an assistant coach for the Flyers wasn't all that impressive. His main job with the big squad was to coach the penalty kill, and that was unquestionably the team's weakness in recent years (finished 30th in the league this season with a 73% kill rate). The Flyers penalty kill finished in the bottom-10 in the league in six of the eight seasons Laperriere was an assistant with the team.

Having an experienced assistant in Murray should prove helpful for Laperriere if he does in fact get the job.


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