On the Day After the Coach Was Fired After Three Games, the Flyers players took responsibility for Peter Laviolette's dismissal.
"We have to look in the mirror at ourselves," winger Scott Hartnell said following a morning practice in Voorhees, preparing for Tuesday night's game against Florida.
"We're the ones on the ice. We're the ones doing the job, and obviously we didn't get the job done," captain Claude Giroux said. "Obviously we need to play more as a team on the ice. There's no doubt that off the ice we're a team and we like each other. We just need to show it on the ice now."
Laviolette was fired Monday, a day after the Flyers fell to 0-3, and was replaced by Craig Berube.
"It was a tough day yesterday," Giroux said. "I was with Lavy for a while, and to see him leave is a little sad, but it's the business part of it. We need to understand that, and having Chief (Berube) come in, we'll have a different mind-set. ... The guys are pretty excited to get back on track."
In starting the season 0-3 under Laviolette, the Flyers were outscored, 9-3.
"You hear rumors that if we didn't get off to a good start, something would happen, but it wasn't in our minds when we were going out on the ice for practice and games," Hartnell said. "A lot of the onus is on us players, too. We didn't have a great start. The preseason was bad and our scorers haven't been scoring. It's unfortunate that someone has to take the fall. We have to look in the mirror at ourselves and realize a big part of it was probably us."
Braydon Coburn, a defenseman who is the longest-tenured Flyer on the roster, said "a lot of guys were pretty surprised" by the early firing. "It's disappointing to have someone who a lot of guys care about get dismissed like that."
Coburn was unaware of the comments made by chairman Ed Snider, who called the Flyers' training camp a "disaster," and said he had never seen one worse in the 47 years since he founded the club.
"He's the boss and has a lot of years in hockey," Coburn said. "We didn't have the best record in training camp (1-5-1), but we have room to build here."
Giroux was asked if there was truth to a national story that suggested there was friction between the Flyers and Laviolette.
"I don't think so," he said. "Not with me, anyway. I think everybody loved Lavy. He was close with the players. He was close with me, especially."
"Obviously you don't want to see a good guy like Lavy go," Hartnell said. "Ever since he got here a few years ago, he got the guys going. He got the guys refocused the year we made the Cup run (in 2010). Personally, he did a lot of great things for me. He made me a better player on the ice, and a better guy off the ice, too.
"I'm going to miss Lavy. In this game, it's hard sometimes to accept what's going on, but I think, moving forward, Chief has a lot of respect from the guys in this dressing room. He's played before -- especially with the way he played -- and he deserves respect."
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