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LAVIOLETTE FIRED; BERUBE THE NEW COACH

Assistant coach McCarthy also let go; Laperriere and Paddock join Berube on the bench
Monday, 10.07.2013 / 10:45 AM
By Anthony SanFilippo - Philadelphia Flyers Inside Reporter / Flyers Inside Out
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LAVIOLETTE FIRED; BERUBE THE NEW COACH

PHILADELPHIA -- Unsatisfied with the team's start to the season, which has seen them score just three goals in three games, all losses, the organization has decided to change its leadership voice.

As such, head coach Peter Laviolette has been relieved of his duties after nearly four years as coach. He has been replaced by assistant coach Craig Berube, who becomes the 18th man to coach the team in franchise history on a full-time basis.

Berube will not have an interim tag on his job title. This is his team for the forseeable future.

Also let go was assistant coach Kevin McCarthy. The new assistant coaches will be John Paddock and Ian Laperriere.

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.

Berube served as an assistant coach for the Flyers for parts of seven seasons under both John Stevens and Laviolette.

His coaching career began as a player/coach with the Philadelphia Phantoms in the 2003-04 season and then became a full-time assistant for the Phantoms the following season.

He remained in that position until the start of the 2007-08 season when he was named head coach of the Phantoms. He compiled a 49-29-5-3 record as head coach of the Phantoms before being named an assistant with the Flyers.

It was paramount to get off to a fast start for Laviolette to keep his job, but when the Flyers struggled to generate offense and got off to this 0-3-0 start, the team felt a new direction was needed.

In parts of five different seasons with the Flyers, Laviolette did have a good bit of success. He posted a 145-97-29 record in 271 regular season games.

His 145 wins as a head coach ranks as the third-most in franchise history behind only Fred Shero and Mike Keenan.

Laviolette also guided the Flyers to the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals as well as two other second round playoff appearances before missing the playoffs in 2012-13, a season shortened by a work stoppage.

Berube, 47, is well-liked and respected in the Flyers locker room and as such should have an immediate impact on the players on the roster.

Stay tuned for more after the press conference.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Giroux 82 28 58 7 86
J. Voracek 82 23 39 11 62
W. Simmonds 82 29 31 -4 60
S. Hartnell 78 20 32 11 52
M. Streit 82 10 34 3 44
B. Schenn 82 20 21 0 41
M. Read 75 22 18 -4 40
S. Couturier 82 13 26 1 39
V. Lecavalier 69 20 17 -16 37
K. Timonen 77 6 29 5 35
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 33 18 7 .917 2.50
R. Emery 9 12 2 .903 2.96
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