Flyers fire coach Peter Laviolette

Flyers fire coach Peter Laviolette
October 7, 2013, 10:45 am
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Philadelphia Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette talks to his team from the bench against the Washington Capitals in the first period at Verizon Center. The Capitals won 6-3.

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by Sarah Baicker

CSNPhilly.com

It took all of three losses. Call them three strikes, perhaps.

After the Flyers' second consecutive 0-3 start to a season -- and just their fourth in franchise history -- the team has elected to fire head coach Peter Laviolette.

Assistant coach Craig Berube will replace him.

General manager Paul Holmgren and Comcast-Spectacor president Peter Luukko announced the decision in a press conference late Monday morning.

The 2013-14 season has gotten off to a very similar start to the lockout-shortened year that preceded it. Despite offseason personnel upgrades the likes of center Vinny Lecavalier and defenseman Mark Streit, the Flyers' problems continued -- they struggled in breakouts, they struggled in all elements of even-strength play, they struggled to score. Their defense, just like last season, looked constantly out of sync.

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