News came out today that the Philadelphia Flyers had fired head coach Peter Laviolette. While the timing of the firing three games in was certainly surprising and unprecedented so early in a season the move itself was not a total shock.
The Flyers are fresh off a disappointing season. They also had a woeful preseason and a training camp that Flyers owner Ed Snider said was one of the worst he had ever seen in the long time he has been associated with the club.
It was clear Lavy’s message wasn’t getting across anymore, and the players had checked out. When that happens it is time for a change so in comes Craig Berube. Flyers fans may know him as an enforcer with the club in the late 1980s. He is a no BS type of coach. Lackadaisical and non-nonchalant type of play will not be tolerated under Berube. He will demand the players play hard for 60 minutes and expect accountability from everyone.
Quite frankly the players got Laviolette fired. The offense has been horrific so far this season scoring just three goals in three games which is an unacceptable number. If it weren’t for outstanding goaltending from netminders Ray Emery and Steve Mason the losses could have been even uglier.
It is the second straight 0-3 start for the Flyers which is downright embarrassing for a team with such a storied history that expects to be in the playoffs each and every season. A new voice was needed, and now the players have to live up to their end of the bargain and play better on the ice. If not this already bad season could turn even uglier in a hurry.