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October 07, 2013

Flyers Fire Coach After Just Three Games: After the team's 0-3 start in the new NHL season, the Philadelphia Flyers have fired coach Peter Laviolette. Rich Hofman of the Daily News calls the move a tragicomedy. "Short leash? Fine. But has anyone ever heard of a leash that has only three links in its chain?" he writes.

posted by rcade to hockey at 03:04 PM - 9 comments

And they replace him with Craig Berube, probably best known in the NHL for this

posted by tommytrump at 06:32 PM on October 07

Try the link again, TT.

posted by grum@work at 06:40 PM on October 07

This. There we go, worked that time!

posted by tommytrump at 06:48 PM on October 07

So the Flyers strategy will be to fight more this year? I would love to know what you have to do as a veteran coach to last 3 games in an 82 game season. He obviously pissed someone off.

posted by Debo270 at 08:34 AM on October 08

And they replace him with Craig Berube, probably best known in the NHL for this

For some reason, I thought it was Chris Simon who called Worrell that. Alas, it was Chris Simon who used a slur to describe Mike Grier, and Berube who insulted Worrell. Good times, Washington!

So the Flyers strategy will be to fight more this year?

Well, it worked in the mid-70's, so why not now.

posted by tahoemoj at 11:20 AM on October 08

I would love to know what you have to do as a veteran coach to last 3 games in an 82 game season. He obviously pissed someone off.

It's nothing that Laviolette did in those three games, but what the GM (Holmgren) didn't do during the off-season/pre-season. If you fire a coach 3 games into an 82 game season, it suggests that you wanted to fire him pretty quickly. If you wanted to fire him pretty quickly, then why the hell didn't you fire him in the off-season. Three games didn't significantly change Laviolette's reputation as a coach.

This all falls on the GM (and owner). If Holmgren wasn't in the darling of the owner, he should have been fired immediately after Laviolette for obviously having no plan for this team.

posted by grum@work at 12:21 PM on October 08

If Holmgren wasn't in the darling of the owner, he should have been fired

I think he'd have been fired quicker if he was in the darling of the owner.

posted by tahoemoj at 01:39 PM on October 08

Stupid fingers ignoring my brain when typing.

"In the pocket of" or "the darling of"...take your pick.

posted by grum@work at 02:54 PM on October 08

Claude Julien, coach of the Bruins, who had Laviolette as his assistant with the B's for a time, commented that being fired 3 games into a season was just as bad as being fired with 3 games left, as Julien was after 79 games in New Jersey. Julien said that either one sucks.

posted by Howard_T at 04:33 PM on October 08

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