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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 He has been replaced by assistant coach Craig Berube, who becomes the 18th man to coach the team in franchise history on a full-time basis.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.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 65 41 18 6 175 146 88
2 NYI 66 42 21 3 211 185 87
3 TBL 66 40 20 6 217 173 86
4 NYR 63 39 17 7 197 155 85
5 DET 62 36 15 11 182 160 83
6 PIT 63 36 18 9 182 158 81
7 WSH 66 35 21 10 194 164 80
8 BOS 63 31 22 10 168 165 72
9 FLA 65 28 23 14 159 185 70
10 PHI 65 28 25 12 173 187 68
11 OTT 62 28 23 11 176 167 67
12 NJD 64 27 27 10 144 165 64
13 TOR 65 26 34 5 175 199 57
14 CBJ 63 26 33 4 163 201 56
15 CAR 62 24 31 7 144 167 55
16 BUF 64 19 40 5 123 215 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Voracek 65 19 46 6 65
C. Giroux 64 18 42 1 60
W. Simmonds 65 26 18 -1 44
M. Streit 65 9 33 -5 42
B. Schenn 65 12 23 -6 35
S. Couturier 65 13 16 4 29
M. Del Zotto 53 9 17 -3 26
M. Read 65 6 20 -7 26
M. Raffl 50 15 5 6 20
V. Lecavalier 46 7 10 -9 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 13 13 8 .926 2.24
R. Emery 10 10 4 .893 3.15
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