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Online oddsmaker: Laviolette favored to be fired first

Oct 1, 2013, 2:48 PM EDT

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You may think it’s a little early to start betting on the first fired head coach of the NHL season (what with zero games being played so far), but at least one online bookmaker disagrees. Following are Bovada’s odds:

—- Peter Laviolette, Philadelphia Flyers (2/1)
—- Bob Hartley, Calgary Flames (5/2)
—- Kirk Muller, Carolina Hurricanes (3/1)
—- Mike Yeo, Minnesota Wild (4/1)
—- Claude Noel, Winnipeg Jets (9/2)

For what it’s worth, four of the six PHT writers picked Noel as the first canned coach of the season. The other two picked Yeo and Muller.

Regarding Laviolette, obviously there’s a lot of pressure on the coach after the Flyers missed the playoffs last year. But if you believe owner Ed Snider, neither coach nor general manager are “on the hot seat.” (You don’t believe him, do you.)

As for Hartley, he seems like a relative long shot to us, what with expectations being so low in Calgary.

  1. ibieiniid - Oct 1, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    Unspecified online oddsmaker is a chump anyway.

  2. curioustraveler13 - Oct 1, 2013 at 3:03 PM

    But he has the best player in the world on his team, along with a recent Stanley cup winning goalie. What could possibly go wrong.

    • laxman1944 - Oct 1, 2013 at 4:39 PM

      “Curious”…you hit the nail on the head my friend.

      Plan the parade down Broad st……….

      • curioustraveler13 - Oct 1, 2013 at 4:48 PM

        Haha I better reserve my spot to see it then. Wouldn’t want to miss it,, since you know they come along once in every 38 years.

  3. canucks30 - Oct 1, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    Mike Yeo should top the list with what the Wild have added the last 2 off-seasons.

    Big expectations in Minnesota.

  4. esracerx46 - Oct 1, 2013 at 4:18 PM

    I disagree. Minnesotas bottom 6 and 2nd and 3rd D pairing leave something to be desired. Now saying I wouldnt put him at the top doesnt mean hes not on my watch list.

  5. stcrowe - Oct 1, 2013 at 5:04 PM

    If he gets fired, it will be because of Holmgren’s mistakes, not his.

  6. 950003cups - Oct 1, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    Sadly I agree. I like Laviolette as a coach. But just looking at preseason alone, it looks like the Flyers are all over the place.

  7. pitpenguinsrulez - Oct 1, 2013 at 5:59 PM

    That put a smile on my face!

  8. whiskytango333 - Oct 1, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    Did Lavy sign Bryzgolov? Did Lavy trade Mike Richards and Jeff Carter? No. In fact, Lavy should be commended for what hes done with the talent taken away from him. The bottom line is until the Flyers fire that clown Holmgren, any coaching change is just putting lipstick on a pig.

  9. mclovinhockey - Oct 1, 2013 at 9:03 PM

    @ whiskey tango. Homer didn’t sign bryz, Snider did. He brought in a goalie right off a veznia finalist year. Bad move huh?

    Oh and homer. Richards and carter for voracek, Simmonds, coots, schenn, a pick to get grossmenn and more… So flyers get younger, faster, stronger, bigger, deeper and all while spending the same amount a year and you think that is a move he Should be fire for?

    Oh, Simmonds and voracek alone got more points than Richards and carter last year and they are at very similar roles.

    As for this year, homer grabbed the best o, d and goalie statistically. 2 of them were former captains. So is that a reason to fire him.

    I swear some people are so ignorant and arrogant with their asinine comments

  10. chrisk61 - Oct 1, 2013 at 9:43 PM

    i have to strongly agree with mclovinhockey.

    bryzgalov was a mistake but it was snider, not homer.

    the only move i question was richards. the other 3 boozehounds — upshall, lupul and carter — had to go. carter was a sniper but not when it mattered. but richards resented too much his running buddies leaving the team. he couldn’t understand it was business and he couldn’t handle it professionally. so at the end of the day he had to go too.

    let’s wait til end of nov til we start to pass judgment on flyers. i think we will be pleasantly surprised. but on other hand, any long term flyers fan knows olympic seasons aren’t good for them. that they don’t play well after the olympic break. we shall see…

  11. atwatercrushesokoye - Oct 2, 2013 at 12:22 AM

    The expectations in Philly are sky high (rightly or wrongly) as they normally are, if that team struggles early they’ll definitely make a coaching change. Without going to the second or third round I think it’s pretty easy to believe they’d change GMs at the end of the year too.

    I don’t see Hartley being on that hot of a seat, at least early on, the Flames roster isn’t overloaded with talent, everyone knows this team will struggle (if they were to get to 90 points he should be coach of the year) so I think they’ll let him coach out the year, if the team works hard every night and the younger players look to be improving then he’ll get to start 2014-15 as coach, if the those things don’t happen they’ll make a change next offseason.

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