In addition, assistant coach Kevin McCarthy, who had also worked with Laviolette with the Carolina Hurricanes, was let go. Added to the coaching staff were director of player personnel John Paddock and director of player development Ian Laperriere.
Holmgren called the move a "gut feeling" he had on the plane ride home from Carolina on Sunday after the Flyers' 2-1 loss, their third straight to start the season.
"Right from the first day of training camp I was worried about how the team looked," Holmgren said. "We have a long way to go this season, but it's about how we played and it was unacceptable. It was a gut feeling that I had to make a change."