Philadelphia Flyers Coach Peter Laviolette's Job On the Line?

By Deanna Vasso
Is Peter Laviolette's job on the line
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I’m just as frustrated as every Philadelphia Flyers fan right now, especially after that 5-4 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday.

It was unacceptable, but I’ve seen this type of thing happen to the Flyers for years. They start to do well, and then they get complacent and just start to blow leads. Last night, someone I follow on twitter started to question fans admiration for head coach Peter Laviolette.

She does bring up a pretty good point, and the more I thought about it, the more I’m starting to agree with her.

The Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid was hung out to dry, and I’m pretty sure people celebrated when he was finally fired this post season. Philadelphia 76erDoug Collins is also starting to get some heat for their poor performance, and Philadelphia Phillies’ Charlie Manuel has seen his fair share of hate from this city.

I’m also sure since the Philadelphia Union weren’t doing so hot last season, that Union fans were equally unhappy with John Hackworth’s decisions. So why do some fans still praise Lavy?

I’m not sure, but I think the biggest problem with Laviolette is that he’s an offense-first, defense later coach, which is not something that the Flyers need. In fact, they need a coach that’s going to focus more on the blueline.

The Flyers don’t need too much help with offense, especially when they have a top line of Claude Giroux, Scott Hartnell and Jakub Voracek, the latter of whom seems to be like King Midas — every puck he touches turns to gold.

The Flyers know how to score, but they don’t know how to prevent their opponents from scoring on their goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov. Bryzgalov seems to be the scapegoat for everything, and I’m such a goaltender defender that it makes me so angry! Bryz has had some off nights, but where has his defense been to back him up? Nowhere.

Sources are saying that Lavi’s job isn’t in jeopardy, but I don’t really believe it. This team is desperate right now, and in hockey, you’re good until you’re not.

So unless Laviolette changes up his game to reflect solid defense, I won’t be surprised if we see a coaching change in Philadelphia in the near future.

Let’s go Flyers! Deanna Vasso is a Flyers writer for You can follow her on Twitter @Dmvasso.

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