PHILADELPHIA On the first day of training camp, the Philadelphia Flyers were already a mess.
By the end of the preseason, chairman Ed Snider had grave concerns about the team he founded.
"I thought our training camp, quite frankly, was one of the worst training camps I've ever seen," Snider said. "I'm not talking about wins or losses. There was nothing exciting. Nobody shined. Nobody looked good. I couldn't point to one thing that I thought was a positive.
"Unfortunately, my worries were realized."
He only needed three games to make a move.
After a winless start, the Flyers fired coach Peter Laviolette on Monday, three seasons after he led them to the Stanley Cup Finals. Assistant Craig Berube, in his seventh season coaching within the organization, was promoted to replace Laviolette. He is the 18th coach in franchise history.
Despite a preseason vote of confidence from ownership, Laviolette couldn't overcome a punchless offense, two journeymen in goal and a patchwork defense to jolt the Flyers out of their funk and keep his job.
He dealt with rumors of his firing last season, when the Flyers missed the playoffs after the lockout shortened the campaign. It was the only season in which he failed to make the postseason in Philadelphia.
Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren tried to mold a playoff roster in the offseason, signing forward Vinny Lecavalier, defenseman Mark Streit and goaltender Ray Emery. He also jettisoned overpriced and underperforming veterans, such as goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov and forward Danny Briere.
Oilers 5, Devils 4 (SO) in Edmonton, Alberta Jordan Eberle and David Perron scored in the shootout for Edmonton, which erased a three-goal deficit in the third period against goalie Martin Brodeur.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Andrew Ference, Perron and Taylor Hall scored their first goal of the season in a 7:47 span to make it 4-3. But despite getting a power-play goal with 2:51 left in regulation, the Oilers (1-2) were forced to go to overtime.
Edmonton avoided its worst start since 1995 when it was 0-4.