August 1, 2012

Flyers lock up Laviolette

By Jesse Connolly

After a failed attempt to bring Shea Weber aboard, the Flyers haven’t been as successful as they’d hoped in their attempt to make big changes for a second summer in a row. But GM Paul Holmgren made one thing for certain on Wednesday: no major shakeup is in store behind the bench.

Philadelphia has agreed to a multi-year extension with head coach Peter Laviolette (Franklin, Mass.). CSN Philly is reporting that the deal will run through the 2014-15 campaign.

Laviolette became the 17th head coach in team history in late 2009, as he took over for John Stevens midway through the season. Since joining the Flyers, he’s gone 112-73-26 in the regular season. He owns a 23-22 record in the playoffs.

"I was really excited to come to a market like Philadelphia, and an organization with the history, the ownership, and working for Paul," Laviolette said via a conference call on Wednesday. "I'm as excited today as I was back then about being able to move forward. There's a great group of players here and to come back and be able to continue to work here is where I want to be. Philadelphia is a big market and I was really excited back then and I'm still really excited about that."

 In his first season on the job, Laviolette guided the Flyers to the Stanley Cup finals, where they lost to the Chicago Blackhawks in six games. Philly has bowed out in the second round in each of the last two postseasons.

In his career, Laviolette owns a 366-257-25-60 record in 708 games as a head coach in the National Hockey League. The 47-year-old bench boss previously coached the Islanders and Hurricanes. He won it all with Carolina in 2006.

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