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Laviolette Fired; Berube In

Peter Laviolette is no longer the coach for the Philadelphia Flyers. Laviolette was starting his fifth season behind the bench for the Flyers, but has been relieved of his duties just three games in. Craig Berube will take over as the Head Coach. Based on this season (and going back to last season), it really is no surprise that Laviolette got the axe. The team missed the playoffs for the first time since 2007 last year, and has dropped its first three games to open the season (after going 1-5-1 in the preseason). The Flyers lacked energy, defensive stability and offensive prowess. You could say, in the words of Peter Laviolette, they had no "jam". It would be unfair to blame the Flyers' trouble solely on Laviolette. Much of the blame can easily be place on general manager Paul Holmgren. He has failed to fix the ongoing defensive issues, while also having the highest pay roll for defensemen. Holmgren has been unable to find a long-term, starting goaltender (even though Steve Mason and Ray Emery have played well to start the season) as well, making the Flyers' cup hopes slim. The one word that can define Holmgren is "gutsy". He is never afraid to throw money around to improve the team, but sometimes patience is a virtue. He tends to be very impulsive and hand cuff the team from making moves because of the money he tends to throw around. But the fact that Holmgren hasn't been fired yet doesn't mean he isn't on the hot seat. Just the fact that Ron Hextall came over from Los Angelas to be the assistant general manager is a hint that the Flyers already have a plan B. Holmgren has been in charge for seven years, and he must be feeling the heat. No matter which way you look at it, something needed to change in Philadelphia; simple as that. Was Laviolette the problem? Well we're going to find out now. But one thing is for sure: If the Flyers continue to struggle, Holmgren will head Ed Snider knocking on his door.

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