Feb 11, 2013; Toronto, ON, Canada; Philadelphia Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette calls a timeout after surrendering a goal to talk to his players in their game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. The Maple Leafs beat the Flyers 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Should the Philadelphia Flyers fire Peter Laviolette?

The quick answer is no. Peter Laviolette is not the problem. Laviolette lead the Flyers to the playoffs every year he has been in Philadelphia and they haven’t been counted out yet this year. Injuries are a big part of why the Philadelphia Flyers are struggling this season and firing Laviolette isn’t going to magically heal everyone. An injury isn’t always 100 percent healed when a player is back on the ice. Just because they have been cleared to play doesn’t mean they are going to be immediately at the same caliber they were before. The Flyer’s have been hit with a plague of injuries this season and its going to take some time to get back to where they were at.

First in the scourge of injuries was Claude Giroux’s off season wrist surgery. This was apparently caused by Sidney Crosby hacking him across the wrists every time they were in the faceoff circle together during the Flyers Penguins playoff series (this is what Claude said in an interview with the Northern Times so it has to be taken with a grain of salt but personally I don’t have a hard time believing it). In the same interview Claude said that he played the playoff series against New Jersey Devils with one wrist fractured and ended up having surgery on both of them. Since the season has started Claude has been putting up less than impressive numbers (which it pains me to say because I really do like Claude), I think he still needs time to heal fully and once he does he will be back just as good as ever.

The next loss due to injury (before the season even started) was Danny Briere. Danny injured his wrist playing in Germany during the lockout. This injury caused him to miss training camp and the first 4 games of the season.

The list of injuries just keeps going with Andrej Meszaros has a shoulder injury, Wayne Simmonds had concussion-like symptoms, Jody Shelley has a hip injury, Scott Hartnell broke his foot, and Michael Leighton has an upper body injury just to name a few. All of these are on top of Chris Pronger’s seemingly everlasting concussion (I really don’t think he’s ever coming back).

It’s still early in the season, definitely way too early to suggest moves like firing the coach. I think Flyers fans need to be patient. They are getting wins, maybe not as many as we would like, but they are winning some games. They are only two points out of a playoff spot and with only a quarter of the season done there is still lots of time to get back on track. I have faith in this team and I think all Flyers fans should.

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