Flyers replace Stevens with Laviolette as coach
Peter Laviolette was perturbed when one of his hockey players questioned his advice on a new technique during a drill.
“Listen, I know what I’m talking about,” Laviolette told his player. “I’ve coached some games before.”
His 11-year-old son looked at the former Carolina
“I have some credibility back with him now,” a laughing Laviolette said.
Laviolette got a monster promotion from assistant coach for his son’s pee wee hockey team, taking over for an underachieving Philadelphia
John Stevens got as close as the
That paved the way for Laviolette, who coached the
“I still believe we have a good team,” Holmgren said. “I guess we’ll find out.”
The additions of goalie
“If I had the answer, we wouldn’t be sitting here talking about this right now,” Pronger said Thursday.
“It’s fair to say I probably caught him off guard a little bit,” Holmgren said.
Stevens, who had come under scrutiny the past week, realized the
“Yeah, there’s big-time concerns, of course there is,” Stevens said Thursday. “I mean, we’re losing hockey games.”
It’s Laviolette’s turn to try to make the
Laviolette, who also coached the New York
He interviewed last summer for the
“I think that you have to be tough on players,” Laviolette said. “I also believe in the human side of things. I think if you can get to the human side, you can be tough.”
Stevens took over for Ken Hitchcock in 2006 with the
Stevens went 120-109-34, and had two 10-game losing streaks with the
A former draft pick of the
His lengthy ties to the orange and black seemingly made it difficult for chairman Ed Snider to endorse the move. He said in a statement that, “I make it a policy never to overrule my general manager, because once I do, it means I’ve lost confidence in him.”
Holmgren acknowledged, “I got grilled pretty hard.”
“He didn’t say one way or another,” Holmgren said. “He did say, it’s your decision.”
And he made it.