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NHL: Flyers Fire Coach Peter Laviolette
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NHL: Flyers Fire Coach Peter Laviolette

Oct 7 2013, 7:57pm CDT | by

The Philadelphia Flyers fired head coach Peter Laviolette after an 0-3 start and replaced him with assistant coach Craig Berube.

The Peter Laviolette era is officially over in Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Flyers fired Laviolette on Monday after an 0-3 start and will be replaced by assistant Craig Berube. It is still...

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NHL: Flyers Fire Coach Peter Laviolette

Oct 7 2013, 7:57pm CDT | by

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The Philadelphia Flyers fired head coach Peter Laviolette after an 0-3 start and replaced him with assistant coach Craig Berube.

The Peter Laviolette era is officially over in Philadelphia.

The Philadelphia Flyers fired Laviolette on Monday after an 0-3 start and will be replaced by assistant Craig Berube. It is still uncertain whether Berube will serve on an interim basis or he will be given the official title of head coach, per Frank Seravall of the Philadelphia Daily News

The move comes as a bit of a surprise considering Flyers chairman Ed Snider declared on Sept. 13 that Laviolette was not in danger of losing his job. 

However, Snider said the Flyers' preseason (1-5-1) and early regular-season (0-3) performance changed everything, according to the NHL's official website. 

"Training camp was a disaster. I've been at 47 training camps and I've never seen one that I thought was worse. Now that's not talking about Peter, that's talking about our players. And it carried right on over to the first three games of the season." 

For his part, Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren, who spoke with CSN Philly's Sarah Baicker, said he merely followed his gut.

"This is just a gut feeling on my part. Right now, we're just not playing the way we have to play -- we're not playing the way we have to play to win in the National Hockey League, and that's got to change.

"Whether it's fresh ideas or a new voice, I'm not going to sit here and try to pinpoint that. That's up to Craig, that's his job. But I didn't like the direction the team was heading and felt we needed a change.

"I liked Peter, I thought he deserved another opportunity. We made some changes in the summer that got us all excited. It was a fleeting thought. 

"But at the end of the day, I just think, going back, I think (keeping Laviolette) was the right thing to do at the time. We started training camp, we started the year with Peter, and I just didn't like what I was seeing." 

On the other hand, Berube, who gets his first crack at being an NHL head coach, said his primary focus is improving Philadelphia's defense, which has allowed nine goals through the first three games.

"I believe that we need to play better without the puck. When you play good hockey without the puck, the team comes together and you do the right things to get the puck back and you keep the puck out of your net. 

"Right now we need to stress that and do a better job of it. We need to take pride in it." 

Laviolette's dismissal is the earliest in the NHL in more than 40 years, when Fred Glover of the California Golden Seals was also fired after just three regular-season games, per ESPN. 

Laviolette previously won the Stanley Cup coaching the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006 and took the Flyers to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2010, only to lose in six games to the Chicago Blackhawks

In parts of five seasons with Philadelphia, Laviolette went 145-98-29 since his hiring in 2009. His playoff record stands at 23-22. 

He will still serve as one of Dan Bylsma's assistants for the United States men's hockey team in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. 

Berube will call the shots for the Flyers beginning on Oct. 8 when the team takes on the visiting Florida Panthers. 

 
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Neal’s hat trick lifts Predators past Blackhawks

Oct 23 2014 9:48pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

NASHVILLE — Peter Laviolette and his Nashville Predators, the only team in the NHL still unbeaten in regulation this season, believe they still can play better. James Neal showed he is just starting to get comfortable, too. Neal scored a natural hat trick, and Pekka Rinne made 30 saves in the Predators’ 3-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday night. “It’s early in the season. We’re a new group, it’s a new coach and a new system, and the guys ...
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Neal’s hat trick lifts Predators past Blackhawks

Oct 23 2014 9:48pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

NASHVILLE — Peter Laviolette and his Nashville Predators, the only team in the NHL still unbeaten in regulation this season, believe they still can play better. James Neal showed he is just starting to get comfortable, too. Neal scored a natural hat trick, and Pekka Rinne made 30 saves in the Predators’ 3-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday night. “It’s early in the season. We’re a new group, it’s a new coach and a new system, and the guys they’re working hard at it,” ...
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Neal’s hat trick lifts Predators past Blackhawks

Oct 23 2014 9:48pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

NASHVILLE — Peter Laviolette and his Nashville Predators, the only team in the NHL still unbeaten in regulation this season, believe they still can play better. James Neal showed he is just starting to get comfortable, too. Neal scored a natural hat trick, and Pekka Rinne made 30 saves in the Predators’ 3-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday night. “It’s early in the season. We’re a new group, it’s a new coach and a new system, and the ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
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Predators drop Senators 3-2 in Laviolette’s debut

Oct 9 2014 10:04pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

NASHVILLE — Craig Smith, Shea Weber and Eric Nystrom all scored in the third period, and the Predators beat the Ottawa Senators 3-2 Thursday night, giving coach Peter Laviolette a win in his Nashville debut. Smith tied it at 1 with his goal 1:36 into the third of the season opener for both teams. Then Weber, the three-time Norris Trophy finalist, skated around the net before flipping a backhander over a diving Craig Anderson for the lead. Nystrom scored at 10: ...
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Predators drop Senators 3-2 in Laviolette’s debut

Oct 9 2014 10:04pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

NASHVILLE — Craig Smith, Shea Weber and Eric Nystrom all scored in the third period, and the Predators beat the Ottawa Senators 3-2 Thursday night, giving coach Peter Laviolette a win in his Nashville debut. Smith tied it at 1 with his goal 1:36 into the third of the season opener for both teams. Then Weber, the three-time Norris Trophy finalist, skated around the net before flipping a backhander over a diving Craig Anderson for the lead. Nystrom scored at 10: ...
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The Philadelphia Flyers have struggled at times during this NHL preseason. With Monday's loss against the New York Rangers, the Flyers have fallen to a 2-3-2 record. The record is hardly cause for panic, but the way the team has performed this preseason does raise several reasons for concern as the team heads into the regular season. The biggest concern for the Flyers has to be the absence of their best player, Claude Giroux. The Philadelphia captain suffered a ...
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Predators, Ellis agree to terms on new deal

Sep 25 2014 6:43pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

NASHVILLE — The Nashville Predators have agreed to terms on a new deal with defenceman Ryan Ellis. General manager David Poile announced the deal Thursday before the Predators’ preseason home opener against Tampa Bay. The team will announce details of the contract Friday after Ellis arrives in Nashville. Ellis, 23, was a restricted free agent who has stayed away from Nashville’s training camp with new coach Peter Laviolette. Ellis played 80 games last season for the Predators and ...
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