Friday, March 6, 2015

Flyers Old Hat at Making Change

Laviolette is just the third Flyer coach fired in mid-season with a losing record.

Flyers Old Hat at Making Change

Former Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette. (Michael Bryant/Staff file photo)
Former Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette. (Michael Bryant/Staff file photo)

Peter Laviolette is the eighth Flyers coach to be replaced in mid-season, yet somehow he is only the third of those eight coaches who had a losing record to that point in the season. (And, yes, current general manager Paul Holmgren, who fired Lavvy Monday, was one of the other two.)

As a whole, the eight outgoing coaches were a combined 10 games over .500. The incoming coaches did improve on that slightly, with a record 15 games over.

John Stevens, who replaced Ken Hitchcock in 2006, is the only of the seven replacements that did not finish out the season with a winning record.

Below are the Flyers nine mid-season coaching changes due to firings.

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(For more on the Flyers coaching change, click HERE to see our BoopStats page in Tuesday's Daily News.)


 Season  Old Coach  Record  New Coach  Record
 1978-79  Bob
 22-17-11  Pat
 18- 8- 4
 1981-82  Pat
 34-29- 9  Bob
  4- 2- 2
 1991-92  Paul
  8-14- 2  Bill
 24-23- 9
 1997-98  Wayne
 23-20- 9  Roger
 10- 9- 2
 2000-01  Craig
 12-12- 4  Bill
 2006-07  Ken
  1- 6- 1  John
 2009-10  John
 13-11- 1  Peter
 28-24- 5
 2013-14  Peter
  0- 3- 0  Craig
   122-112-37 (.518)  136-121-43 (.525)
Bob Vetrone Jr.
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Boop – who goes by Bob Vetrone Jr. when he is undercover or paying bills – has been at the Daily News since 1982, after working for five years at the Philadelphia Bulletin up to its closing. Along with helping to build the sports scoreboards most nights, he has had great input into the papers’ special sports pullouts – March Madness, Broad Street Run, Record Breakers, Greatest Moments – as well as its day-to-day, award-winning event coverage.

A 1980 graduate of North Catholic, he took some evening college courses. Those lasted right up until the first conflict with a Big 5 doubleheader.

His favorite books growing up were the NBA Guide and the Baseball Encyclopedia, which was, for all intents and purposes, the Internet before there was an Internet.

He has been immersed in sports statistics since the early 70s, when his father (long-time sports writer, broadcaster and the Daily News’ Buck The Bartender), would take him into the Bulletin newsroom overnight in the summer and let him update the Phillies statistics in a little, black spiral notebook. But things have changed tremendously in the decades since … He now uses a big, black spiral notebook.

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