The Philadelphia Flyers have fired head coach Craig Berube, the club announced today.
The news comes just two days after GM Ron Hextall said he wanted to think some more before making a decision on Berube. There was speculation that Hextall was waiting to see which coaches might become available to replace Berube, though Hextall denied that was the case.
The Flyers missed the playoffs this season by 14 points. They went 42-27-10 last season under Berube, fighting back to make the playoffs after Peter Laviolette was fired early on. Berube went 75-58-28 overall on the job.
The Flyers will start searching for a new head coach “immediately.”
Philadelphia joins Toronto and Buffalo as teams officially in need of new coaches. Expect to hear Mike Babcock’s name linked to all of them. And if the San Jose Sharks part ways with Todd McLellan, expect to hear his name too.
Berube’s dismissal also brings up the question of whether Flyers forward Vincent Lecavalier could return next season. The two men did not see eye-to-eye on how Lecavalier was used, with Lecavalier suggesting it had become impossible for the two to coexist.