The Philadelphia Flyers have fired head coach Peter Laviolette, according to Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News. Seravalli cites a team source who states that Laviolette has been replaced by assistant coach Craig Berube.
The team's public relations department has announced a press conference for 11 a.m. Monday morning with president Peter Luukko and owner Ed Snider.
Philadelphia recorded a disappointing performance in 2013, leading many to believe that Laviolette was on the hot-seat. Having acquired Vincent Lecavalier and Mark Streit this offseason, expectations were that the Flyers would once again establish themselves as a competitive team. Following an 0-3-0 start to the season that saw the team record a combined total of only three goals, speculation rose that time was running out for Laviolette.
Originally hired 25 games into the 2009-10 season, Laviolette led the Flyers to the Stanley Cup Final in his first season as coach. He then registered consecutive 47-win seasons that both ended in Eastern Conference semifinal appearances.