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PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The Philadelphia Flyers fired coach Peter Laviolette after an 0-3 start and a preseason vote of confidence from ownership, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press on Monday.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the decision was not announced. The Flyers scheduled a morning news conference.
Laviolette was dismissed a year after the Flyers missed the playoffs in a lockout-shortened season. Laviolette was hired early in the 2009 season after John Stevens was fired. He led them to the 2010 Stanley Cup finals, where they lost to the Chicago Blackhawks in six games.
Laviolette won the Stanley Cup coaching the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006 and previously coached the New York Islanders.
He received a vote of confidence from Flyers chairman Ed Snider shortly before the season started.
“As far as Peter is concerned, last year was an anomaly. He’s been a very good coach for us, he’s been a good coach in this league,” he said.
He’s set to serve as an assistant coach under Pittsburgh’s Dan Bylsma for the United States in the 2014 Olympics in Sochi.
Laviolette led the Flyers to three straight playoff appearances before they stumbled last season. The Flyers went 23-22-3 and were 10th in the Eastern Conference with 49 points last season. There was no apparent improvement the first three games. The Flyers lost their opener at home last week, then lost games on consecutive days over the weekend to Montreal and Carolina. They were outscored 9-3.
“I would think guys are probably pretty frustrated,” Laviolette said Sunday night. “Offensively, if you’re not scoring, everything’s got to be perfect on the defensive side of things.”
In a bleak time in city sports, Laviolette’s firing means all four Philadelphia teams have changed coaches in the last year. Eagles coach Chip Kelly, hired in January, is now the dean of Philadelphia coaches.
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