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Flyers players talk about Laviolette’s firing, Berube to try new lines and defensive pairings

Oct 8, 2013, 5:32 PM EDT

In the video above we have Cluade Giroux, Braydon Coburn, and Scott Hartnell discussing the departure of Peter Laviolette, who was ousted from his post as head coach of the Flyers on Monday. Obviously there are a lot of mixed feelings in the dressing room right now, but everybody seems to understand they weren’t getting the job.

Moves like these are a side effect of efforts such as the ones the Flyers have given in their first three games of the season, all losses.

With that chapter behind them, now the players must move on with the Craig Berube era beginning Tuesday night against the the Florida Panthers, and the changes will run deeper that who’s standing behind the bench. Berube will surely make some tweaks to if not overhaul Laviolette’s system, but for starters he’s mixing up the top three lines again and even the defensive pairings in his first game as an NHL head coach. Per Sarah Baicker:

Forwards

Hartnell-Giroux-Simmonds
Schenn-Lecavalier-Voracek
Read-Couturier-Talbot

Defensemen

Timonen-Schenn
Streit-Meszaros
Coburn-Grossmann

Regular readers know how I feel about taking Jake Voracek off of the Giroux line, but he may be battling a lower back injury still. Regardless of who’s skating with who, G needs to step up.

Berube expanded on the defensive changes a bit.

“I didn’t see much from the pairings that were going on, so I made some changes with what I thought,” Berube said.  “Coby and Grossy is a shutdown pair, and Streit and Meszaros can both move the puck real well, and I thought that Kimmo and Schenner were good last year together.”

Will all of the changes result in the Flyers getting into the win column for the first time this season? We’ll see. It sounds like the players are expecting some adjustment under Berube. But then I suppose that’s the point.

>> Skate update: Flyers’ D pairings, lines shuffled [CSN]

  1. Writing Nazi - Oct 8, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    So they fired Laviolette and promoted him to second line center in 24 hours? Proof read, Kulpster!

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    • Andrew Kulp - Oct 8, 2013 at 5:55 PM

      Epic move. Let’s hope it pays off!

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  2. Jason R. - Oct 8, 2013 at 7:12 PM

    Sweet, two third liners on the top line now!

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    • BenE. - Oct 8, 2013 at 7:19 PM

      Hartnell yes, Simmonds no.

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  3. BenE. - Oct 8, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    Berube has to be happy with the effort he saw from everyone in the 1st. Good to see our bottom lines getting good minutes, too. Gotta roll a complete lineup.

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