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Philadelphia Flyers Fire Head Coach

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PHILADELPHIA — Just three games into the season, the Philadelphia Flyers have fired head coach Peter Laviolette on Monday after an 0-3 start. According to sources, Craig Berube, an assistant coach entering his seventh season with the organization, will take over coaching duties.

Rumors began surfacing last season of Philadelphia firing Laviolette after the Flyers missed the playoffs in a lockout shortened season. Even so, Laviolette signed a two-year contract extension through 2014-15, and was given insurance of his job security from chairman Ed Snider prior to the season.

Before their struggles last season and so far in the 2013-14 year, Laviolette led Philadelphia to three straight playoff appearances, including an appearance in the 2010 Stanley Cup, losing to the Chicago Blackhawks. Last season, the Flyers finished  23-22-3 and were 10th in the Eastern Conference with 49 points last year. A slow start this season, being outscored 9-3 through three games, showed an apparent lack of improvement from the team.

Laviolette is still set to serve as an assistant coach under Dan Bylsma for the United States hockey team at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, and has coaching experience with USA Hockey.

With his firing, Laviolette become the fourth coaching change in the city of Philadelphia this year, with Eagles head coach Chip Kelly standing as the longest tenured head coach in the city from his hiring in January.

The Flyers will make their season debut with Berube as their head coach Tuesday when they host the Florida Panthers.

 

 

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