I was talking with a friend of mine today about how stupid it was that Bryz was starting the second game of a back to back AGAIN, even after we had acquired Steve Mason. Laviolette making another bad personnel decision relating to a goalie? huh, thats never happened before. I then thought," I wonder if crap like this is what got him fired in Carolina?" short answer: no, it was something far more endemic to Lavy himself.
In 05-06 he won a Stanley cup. His team then finished 11th in the conference in 06-07 and 9th in 07-08 (due to a last day of the season playoff push from the caps). He then started the 08-09 season slow, and after losing 4 out of 5 early on in the season, even with the team being ravaged by injuries, they fired him.
Let's compare those three years in Carolina with what hes done so far in Philadelphia:
- in -09-10 lavy's first season here, we were one flukey goal (and a game 7) away from winning the cup.
- in 10-11 we lost in the second round because he couldn't pick a goalie to start.
- in 11-12 we had a completely different team that no one expected anything from, and was so emotionally spent by the time they got to the second round they couldn't compete.
- this year, we have, as of this writing, a 13.9% (here, but also Via Sportsclubstats,) of making the playoffs.
Here's what Carolina's GM Jim Rutherford said after firing him. (via this ESPN article.)
We have a team that right now that, in my opinion, is not playing with the kind of confidence it needs, We've lost that confidence.... It's really not about the last four or five games," Rutherford said. "It's about changing to get the chemistry back on our team, to get the confidence back on our team and make what I would say minor adjustments in a system that really worked in the Stanley Cup year. But teams have adjusted to it, and our team hasn't adjusted over the last couple of years.
Peter Laviolette does not appear to have learned anything since he got fired. The pattern is eerily familiar. He Comes in, installs a system, sees it work incredibly well, (almost) wins a Stanley cup, and then refuses to make any adjustments whatsoever to it while the whole thing falls apart.
The only difference is the flyers bought him some extra time by completely revamping the whole team, his system worked longer here, without him actually having to change anything, because Paul Holmgren and Ed Snider did that for him. No one knew what to expect the season after we traded away Carter and Richards. Not us, not homer, not lavy, and most importantly, not our opponents.
But this year is different. Every other team in the league (except Pittsburgh for some odd reason) has figured out his system (again) and he has failed to adjust and make changes.
"teams have adjusted to it, and our team hasn't adjusted over the last couple of years"
If that's not the perfect description of everything wrong with this team right now, I don't know what is.