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by Paul on 12/04/09 at 08:00 PM ET
via Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly,
The Flyers have fired John Stevens as head coach. A press conference is scheduled for tonight.
added 5:321pm, from TSN,
TSN has learned that the Carolina Hurricanes have granted the Flyers permission to speak to Peter Laviolette, who is believed to be Stevens’ successor.
Laviolette will make his debut behind the Philadelphia bench on Saturday when the Flyers host the Washington Capitals.
added 6:03pm, TSN has removed this line from their previous post- Laviolette will make his debut behind the Philadelphia bench on Saturday when the Flyers host the Washington Capitals.
added 8:17pm, from the Philadelphia Flyers,
The Philadelphia Flyers announced that they have named Peter Laviolette head coach of the Philadelphia Flyers and relieved John Stevens of his duties, according to club General Manager Paul Holmgren.
“I know this was a very difficult decision for Paul to make. And, I really feel bad for John because he’s been a terrific long-time member of our organization,” said Comcast-Spectacor Chairman Ed Snider. “I was hoping that the team would play better and that this could have been avoided, but after last night’s game, I think Paul felt he had to make this change. I make it a policy never to overrule my general manager, because once I do, it means I’ve lost confidence in him. I really want to wish John the best.”
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