National Hockey League

Slow start costs Laviolette in Philly

Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Philadelphia Flyers have scheduled a Monday morning news conference, at which time it is expected that the club will announce a coaching change after three losses to start the season.

According to the Philadelphia Daily News, Peter Laviolette has been fired and will be replaced by Craig Berube.

The Flyers have scored just once in each of their three losses, including Sunday's 2-1 setback to Carolina.

Laviolette took over behind the Flyers bench in December 2009 and guided the club to a surprising Stanley Cup Finals appearance that season. He was given a multi-year contract extension in August 2012, but the Flyers stumbled during the lockout-shortened 2013 season, failing to make the playoffs with a 23-22-3 record.

Philadelphia also began last season with three straight losses and never got above .500 until the final game of the season.

Regular-season success had not been an issue for Laviolette during his first two full seasons with the Flyers.

After falling to the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2010 Cup Finals, the Flyers produced a pair of 47-win seasons and more than 100 points each year, but suffered second-round playoff exits both times before last year's struggles.

Prior to joining the Flyers, Laviolette was the head coach of the Carolina Hurricanes, guiding the team to its one and only Stanley Cup championship in the spring of 2006. He took over the team during the 2003-04 season and was fired in December 2008.

Laviolette also coached the New York Islanders for two seasons from 2001-03, reaching the playoffs both years. He has had just one losing season as a head coach and owns a career record of 389-282-25-63.

Also, his clubs have gone 43-39 in the postseason and he was the head coach of the United States men's hockey team at the 2006 Olympics, which ended with a loss to Finland in the quarterfinals.

10/07 10:26:43 ET

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