Peter Laviolette did more yesterday than just lose another game, making the Philadelphia Flyers 0-3 to start the season; he was fired as head coach. This was an inevitable move by the Flyers, who missed the playoffs last year for the first time since 2007 under the leadership of Laviolette. Craig Berube, the assistant coach of the Flyers will replace Laviolette but it is unclear if he will be an interim head coach, the questions around this snap decision should be cleared up at the 11 a.m press conference being held by GM Paul Holmgren and team president Peter Luukko.
During the off season Ed Snider gave Laviolette a strong vote of confidence and later denied that Laviolette was on the hot seat. But, the Flyers are a team that wants to make the playoffs and Laviolette was not giving them any reason to believe he would be the coach to help take them there. Laviolette was hired in 2009 and lead the team to the Stanley Cup play-offs in 2010. I am sure that Laviolette will land on his feet just like Bryzgalov; previously he has coached the Carolina Hurricanes and the New York Islanders.
To watch the press conference live at 11 a.m go to: http://flyers.nhl.com/index.html