Flyers Fire Coach Peter Laviolette
The Philadelphia Flyers have fired coach Peter Laviolette and replaced him with assistant coach Craig Berube.
"Craig [Berube] is one of the smartest hockey guys I've ever seen around" said general manager Paul Holmgren of the change officially made at a press conference.
The Flyers also have fired assistant coach Kevin McCarthy.John Paddock and Ian Laperriere have been named new assistants.Joe Mullen remains as an assistant coach who watches games from the press box and communicates with the bench. He will also continue to work with the power play. Jeff Reese remains as the goaltending coach.
Holmgren says thing have to get better and they will with Craig Berube as head coach. However, owner Ed Snider got upset when a reporter implied that the team has taken on a losing culture. "“We don’t need a fresh perspective,” he snapped.
Berube is well liked around the Flyers locker room. His first game as head coach will be tomorrow night when the Flyers host Carolina.
Berube was previously coach of the AHL's Philadelphia Phantoms before moving up to the Flyers.
Laviolette's firing means all four Philadelphia teams have changed coaches in the last year. Eagles coach Chip Kelly, hired in January, is now the dean of Philadelphia coaches.
The Associated Press contributed to this report