With speculation rampant for months, the search is officially on for whom will be behind the bench leading the Flyers next season.

Craig Berube, the 18th coach in Flyers history, has been relieved of his duties.

Berube, 49, had been a Flyers assistant for seven seasons before taking over as head coach three games into the 2013-14 season. Come October, the Flyers will have a new head coach for the third consecutive Opening Night.

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"It's a great job. It really is," Berube said Monday, knowing his job was in jeopardy. "It's even more special here. It's a real good sports town. When you're in a town like Philadelphia, you've got to accept the good and the bad. You know that you're gonna get critiqued and you know you're gonna get criticized. You gotta understand that. It's the same as a player. It's a tough town to play in."

Between his days as a player and coach for the Flyers and minor-league Phantoms, this was Berube's 18th season with the organization. Before taking over as head coach, Berube had been an assistant with the Flyers since August 2008.

His final record as head coach is 75-58-28.