The Philadelphia Flyers have fired head coach Peter Laviolette.

Laviolette spent over four years coaching the Flyers. Though they made the playoffs his first three seasons, Laviolette’s Flyers missed the postseason last year, and has gone 0-3 thus far in 2013. Said General Manager Paul Holmgren: “I met with Peter Laviolette early this morning and informed him that he was being relieved of his duties as head coach.”

“My decision on making this change at such an early point in the season can go back to last year and my concerns on how the team played. Looking back, lockout shortened year,

Holmgren handed assistant coach Craig Berube an offer he couldn’t refuse: the chance to steer the ship of the tradition-rich Philadelphia Flyers. Berube, a member of the  organization since 2004,  is a former Flyer himself. Berube notched 54 points in 323 games for Philadelphia.

Holmgren admires Berube’s commitment to defensive hockey, something the Flyers have struggled with thus far: “Defense is a team concept. You gotta have all five guys on the same page, and I think that’s what Craig’s gonna preach initially,” admitted Holmgren.

Only three games in, the season is as nascent as a newly-hatched egg. If Berube makes the necessary corrections, this baby chick can grow and fly. Stay tuned.

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