In recent times, the Philadelphia Flyers have been lampooned for their goaltending situation. You know, giving Ilya Bryzgalov that huge deal and watching him flounder. Trading Sergei Bobrovsky and seeing him win the Vezina. Well, good news for the Flyers. People won't be making fun of them for their goalies anymore, because they will be too busy making fun of them for firing their head coach Peter Laviolette three games into the season.
That's right, three games. To be fair, they were all losses. Then again, on the other hand, everything else about this situation. I have to believe this is based more on the last season the Flyers had than this. Maybe they wanted to fire him, waffled, decided against it, and then figured they'd bite the bullet. You know, now that they don't have an offseason to hire a new coach. Instead, Craig Berube will take over as coach for now. Perhaps they will find somebody to hire. I don't know who, of course. It would have to be somebody out there not working at the moment. So, you know, slim pickings.
Like I said, I presume this is the case, because otherwise the Flyers just did something so uncompromisingly stupid that it defies all logic. Three games is such a small sample size. It would be excessive to fire an NFL coach after three games, and they only play 16 games. Firing a head coach based off three losses would be straight up idiotic. A quote from GM Paul Holmgren does not assuage my concerns that something incredibly dumb has just gone down in the NHL. They'd better hope Berube is up to the task, because they just fired a good coach.
Laviolette won a Cup in Carolina and led the Flyers to the Stanley Cup Final. He took over in 2009 after the Flyers fired John Stevens during the season, and now he in turn has been fired during the season. Of course, had he been fired, like, a week sooner, it wouldn't have been during the season. Now he will apparently become an assistant with Pittsburgh, hopefully just to stick it to Philly. The rich get richer. Also, Chip Kelly is now the longest tenured coach in Philadelphia. He was hired in January. Of this year.
So yeah, the Laviolette firing has usurped Patrick Roy's tirade as the most ridiculous coaching-related thing to happen in the NHL this season. However, we can rest assured Roy will take back his crown at some point. Meanwhile, the Flyers could be headed for another long season. I don't know that, though. After all, it's only been three games. Maybe somebody should have told the Flyers that.