The Flyers will be holding a press conference at 11 a.m. from the Wells Fargo Center to announce the firing of head coach Peter Laviolette. The press conference can be watched live at PhiladelphiaFlyers.com.
The firing comes just 3 games into the regular season. Even though the Flyers are sitting 0-3 it’s easy to wonder if this is an over reaction this early into the season. Having said this, the Flyers have looked very bad through the first week of the season. They have looked lost and slow on the ice, generating very little offense and allowing too many chances against. I guess the reasoning behind this move was to get Laviolette out before things got really bad, but 3 games in just seems very premature.
If it only took 3 games for Laviolette to lose his job, the front office must have been considering a new head coach for sometime. We all knew that Lavy would be on a short leash, but this seems a little ridiculous. Why not remove him at the end of last season? Not only would it have provided more options for a new head coach, but would have allowed the team time to adjust to a new system. It just seems like an odd move at this point, regardless of record. It is possible that the front office believed that Laviolette’s system could still work in Philly. Maybe last season was viewed as a fluke and we would see the return of a successful team, similar to the 2010 cup run and the 2011-2012 season.
As for a replacement head coach, it appears that Craig Berube will be taking over. Hopefully a change at the helm is all this teams needs.
At this point, it will be interesting to see if there are any more changes being made by the front office. Is Holmgren next? Needless to say, this is going to make for an interesting week.
Laviolette was a great coach, but sometimes a coach’s message doesn’t stick with a team anymore and game plans become stagnant and old. We wish Peter the best and thank him for his time in Philadelphia.