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Even Alexander Daigle's overtime goal against Pittsburgh on Sunday couldn't save coach Wayne Cashman's job. The Philadelphia Flyers fired him Monday and hired Roger Neilson as new head coach.

Cashman will remain with the team as an assistant coach. His tenure at the helm of the Flyers lasted only for 61 games. He was hired to replace Terry Murray after Philadelphia lost to Detroit in the Stanley Cup finals last spring.

"We both felt that this was the right decision for the club," said Philadelphia general manager Bob Clarke. "Even though I don't think 60 games is a fair judgment, I think he did a pretty good job."

Clarke was reportedly very upset in Flyers' lack of retaliation after Pittsburgh's Darius Kasparaitis knocked Eric Lindros unconscious on Saturday. Clarke had criticized Cashman for lack of aggressiveness earlier this season.

Roger Neilson is a veteran coach who says Philadelphia is a place he's always wanted to be.

"We know this team has the size, speed and depth to be a contender. I don't think there's a lot of changing needed," Neilson said. "There'll be some new things with a new coach."

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