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Flyers coach Alain Vigneault reacts to Golden Knights goalie Robin Lehner's comments

Yardbarker logo Yardbarker 10/4/2021 Chelena Goldman, Yardbarker
Philadelphia Flyers head coach Alain Vigneault © Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports Philadelphia Flyers head coach Alain Vigneault

It has been a weird couple of days for the NHL thanks to Vegas Golden Knights netminder Robin Lehner going on a Twitter rampage alleging coaches of pushing pills onto players without prescriptions, singling out Philadelphia Flyers head coach Alain Vigneault as a culprit.

Vigneault chose to address the issue in his Monday press conference, expressing his disappointment in being accused of giving players meds.

"As far as me pushing pills, I don't need another income," Vigneault said, via ESPN's Greg Wyshynski. "I have no idea where that comes from. I don't know what else to say. I have no idea."

Lehner's long thread of tweets was initially posted in response to the ongoing debacle between the Buffalo Sabres and Lehner's former teammate Jack Eichel. It is unclear why Lehner singled out Vigneault and the Flyers given he has never played for Vigneault or played for Philadelphia. His new teammate, Nolan Patrick — who was drafted second overall by the Flyers in 2017 — did play for Vigneault the past two seasons.

"I don't know the young man," Vigneault said. "I am tough. I am demanding. But I care about my players. I want their best. Through the years, some guys have liked me and some guys a little bit less. But I've done it with the best intentions, with respect."

Lehner attempted to clarify his comments to ESPN's Emily Kaplan on Monday, saying he was simply stating he doesn't like how Vigneault treats his players.

Lehner was part of the Sabres organization for three seasons and made stops in New York and Chicago before spending the last two seasons with Vegas. It isn't clear yet how Lehner's comments will be addressed within the Knights organization, although GM Kelly McCrimmon said he has been in contact with the disgruntled goalie.

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