Saturday, June 23, 2012

Holmgren working on extending Laviolette's contract

Here's a quick blog item that will top my column of leftover Draft Weekend notes...

PITTSBURGH -- Peter Laviolette did his job this NHL Draft weekend. As the head coach of the Flyers, he dutifully stayed in the team's luxury box at Consol Energy Center, shaking the hands of a few talented teenagers.
"That's about it," Laviolette said.
But it's the job he's done the rest of the year that will soon produce a contract extension for him.
Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren confirmed Saturday that he's been discussing an extension with Laviolette, and expects one to be soon agreed upon.
"I'm not worried about it," Holmgren said. "Obviously I assume in the next few weeks, we'll get something done."
Laviolette, who replaced John Stevens early in the 2009-10 campaign, is entering his fourth season with the team. The Flyers have gone 122-73-26 under him during the regular seasons and 23-22 in the playoffs. Laviolette's teams have won an Atlantic Division title and made a run to the Stanley Cup Finals.
"We're very happy with Peter," Holmgren said. "He's done a tremendous job and we're looking forward to more good work from him over the coming years."
Laviolette, 47, is the third Flyers coach to take a team through two rounds of the playoffs for three consecutive years. Fred Shero and Terry Murray were the others.


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