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Peter Laviolette Receives Contract Extension From Philadelphia Flyers

On Wednesday morning, the Philadelphia Flyers officially announced via press release that the club has decided to extend the contract of head coach Peter Laviolette.

According to Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly, the extension will be for two years and will begin after the final year of his current contract, which expires following the 2012-13 season.

 

 

Laviolette was named the Flyers 17th coach in franchise history on Dec. 4, 2009 when he replaced incumbent John Stevens after a disappointing start to the 2009-10 season.

Since taking over the helm, Laviolette has amassed 122 wins in 221 games, including a Conference championship, Division title, back-to-back 47 win seasons and a franchise record 25 road victories (in back-to-back seasons).

In addition, the Flyers have appeared in at least two rounds of the playoffs over the last three years and are the only team in the NHL to accomplish such a feat over that span.

It’s due to these successes that retaining Laviolette was necessary in the minds of the Philadelphia front office.

Via the Flyers official press release:

"We are thrilled to have Peter continue his work with our group as we push to compete for the Stanley Cup,” Holmgren said.  “Peter has done a terrific job for us and is very deserving of this extension.

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