A year and a day after he was fired as head coach of the Carolina Hurricanes, Peter Laviolette was hired to coach the Philadelphia Flyers.
Laviolette is taking Carolina assistant coach Kevin McCarthy with him.
"We would like to thank Kevin for his contributions and time with the franchise and again thank Peter for helping the team to the Stanley Cup," general manager Jim Rutherford said in a press release.
The Flyers held a press conference Friday night, firing coach John Stevens after Philadelphia (13-11-1) lost six of their last seven games. According to a Philadelphia Daily News story, Flyers captain Mike Richards called a team meeting after the team's 3-0 loss to the Vancouver Canucks, who will face the Hurricanes Saturday afternoon at the RBC Center.
McCarthy has been with the Hurricanes/Hartford Whalers organization for 18 years and was in his 12th season on the coaching staff. Before joining the franchise, McCarthy, 58, was coordinator of pro scouting and player development for the Flyers. McCarthy, a former defenseman, played four seasons in Philadelphia.