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TSN’s Dreger thinks Flyers coach is on thin ice

Oct 5, 2013, 11:11 AM EDT

Peter Laviolette AP

The Philadelphia Flyers struggled in the preseason and lost their 2013-14 opener. That’s not worth panicking over, but given that the Flyers are coming off of a disappointing campaign, their front office might not tolerate a slow start.

In fact, Flyers coach Peter Laviolette might only have 10-15 games to save his job, according to TSN’s Darren Dreger.

“There’s a sense of fear of impending doom for some around the organization and without question Laviolette is in trouble,” Dreger reported.

Flyers owner Ed Snider recently threw his support behind Laviolette and Flyers GM Paul Holmgren, but the idea that the bench boss will get fired remains popular. On Oct. 1, Bovada was giving 2/1 odds that Laviolette would be the first coach fired.

Meanwhile, the Flyers will attempt to put their disappointing start behind them when they face the Montreal Canadiens tonight.

  1. 7mantel - Oct 5, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    Pete getting vote of confidence from the owner Ed is Kiss of Death ! How many times have we seen that ?

    • mcphillthy - Oct 5, 2013 at 11:24 AM

      Richie, carter, Bryz… Lavy is next. I don’t miss any of them except Richie. so 3 out if 4 isn’t bad

      • DonkeyStick - Oct 5, 2013 at 11:43 AM

        I don’t miss Richards and his “maintenance days” during playoffs or his 12 year 70 million contract for a role player. Much rather have Simmonds who is younger, better, tougher, and for way less money.

      • twpguy1964 - Oct 5, 2013 at 12:18 PM

        I don’t miss Richards,Carter or Bryz in any way, shape or form! Richards was a whiner, who created his own immature mess. I think Lavi does get fired sooner or later and replaced in house with either Paddock or Murray

      • way2slic - Oct 5, 2013 at 12:40 PM

        Get rid of the coach because the GM is too stupid to get defensemen that can play defense and a goalie that can actually stop pucks.

    • kaptaanamerica - Oct 5, 2013 at 6:16 PM

      Dreger once again stating the fixing obvious. This guy is foxing useless almost never giving facts just his rehashed opinions. The guy almost always reports what some local guy has already reported. I wish dreger would go away and go work as a gopher some where. Get someone who does some actual research on the job. Everyone and their dog knows the coach is on thin ice.

  2. stakex - Oct 5, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    That’s why being an NHL coach is such a terrible job. You get handed a so-so team by the GM, and if you don’t get good results that same GM is probably going to fire you.

    I mean you have to feel for Laviolette. The Flyers do not have a championship caliber team, and probably would struggle to make the playoffs no matter who’s behind the bench. They lack depth up front, their defense has yet to recover from losing Pronger, and their goaltending tandem is highly suspect…. yet Laviolette is expected to do great things with that? Sucks to be him.

    • joey4id - Oct 5, 2013 at 11:48 AM

      Such a terrible job….. 600k, 700k, 800k…. you call coaching in the NHL a horrible job. with that job do you think he’s going to struggle to put his kid through college. C’mon. Be real. Ever here what’s like working at the Foxconn factory? How about being a miner? I doubt that coaching would crack the list of most terrible jobs.

    • hockeyfan28 - Oct 5, 2013 at 3:44 PM

      Do you even watch this team? Giroux, Lecavelier, and Couturier as their top 3 centers no depth man this is on the coach

    • flyerspsu - Oct 5, 2013 at 3:45 PM

      i agree with most of your comment but the Flyers surely do not lack depth up front

  3. semin28 - Oct 5, 2013 at 11:32 AM

    Ba bye Peter flyers are garbage!!! Filthadelphia..go caps!!

    • phillyphanatic77 - Oct 5, 2013 at 12:52 PM

      Remind me again how many Stanley Cups the Capitals have won? Talk about a garbage franchise. Welcome to a real division.

  4. joey4id - Oct 5, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    He,s on the hot seat alright. Nothing against the guy, but it’s easier to change the coach than 20 players when you underachieve.

    • way2slic - Oct 5, 2013 at 12:42 PM

      But they didn’t need to change 20 guys. They just needed a couple defensive defensemen and a real goalie. Instead it’s sign an overpriced forward and an over priced offensive defenseman on the decline.

      • flyerspsu - Oct 5, 2013 at 3:48 PM

        Vinny’s deal isnt over priced, but Streits deal is WAY too much

  5. mhaer - Oct 5, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    How come every novice hockey fan knows the Flyers need a goalie and two defensemen but the GM and owner don’t know this??

    • sheckyrimshot - Oct 5, 2013 at 3:09 PM

      how come every GM knows you cant shake a magical tree and quality defensmen and goalies fall from the branches like ripened acorns but every “novice hockey fan” doesnt?

      • kaptaanamerica - Oct 5, 2013 at 6:19 PM

        They could have got Luongo “a real goalchie” for cheap, but no. They had to try and get some cheap options to work. Luongo would have eased the burden on their defenceman as well as play goal.

  6. eagles512 - Oct 5, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    Richards was a good player here-the sports radio crowd just buys into anything the idiots on there say.

    • hockeyfan28 - Oct 5, 2013 at 3:48 PM

      Richards and Lavy where at odds Paul Holmgren sided with Lavy which looking at Mikes Stanley cup ring was probably a bad idea

      • mcphillthy - Oct 5, 2013 at 4:05 PM

        Disagree. Richie and carter were frat boys first and hockey players second. Thus a bad example to set in the locker room. Homer made the right choice and got rid of them both, and I’m sure it was hard for him to pull the trigger and so it but he made the right call.
        You can’t let your players set a party lifestyle example for the rest of the locker room. Its hockey first… And after you win THEN you go celebrate. Good riddance to them both. We would not have won a cup with them and the payout both of them was incredible!

      • hockeyfan28 - Oct 5, 2013 at 7:51 PM

        I don’t know man that dry island story and the frat boy stuff could have easily been taken care of in house I think a lot had to do with reporters with an axe to grind with them I give you the carter trade cause of his chronic injuries but still wouldn’t have traded Richards

    • DonkeyStick - Oct 6, 2013 at 10:46 AM

      Richards was a good player…not a leader or a star. That is why he does so well in LA as a role player…..has nothing to do with talk radio as I think a majority of the people agree that he is better suited to be in LA than Philadelphia. Carter on the other hand 47 Playoff games…..13 Goals, also, nothing to do with talk radio “idiots”

  7. icelovinbrotha215 - Oct 5, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    He should be on the hot seat. His system has the team worrying just about the offensive side of the game. And with Murray coaching the Phantoms, it’s not far-fetched.

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