The Flyers are set to extend coach Peter Laviolette’s contract and expect a deal to be completed within a week, according to general manager Paul Holmgren.
Laviolette, 47, has led the Flyers to a 122-73-26 record since taking over the reins as coach in December 2009. His current contract would expire at the end of the 2012-13 season – but it appears the team won’t allow that to happen.
Since arriving in Philadelphia following the firing of coach John Stevens, Laviolette has taken the Flyers to a Stanley Cup Final and a pair of two-series-win postseasons. In 2009-10, he took a struggling Flyers' squad to within two wins of the Cup as the No. 7 seed. Last year, he carried the Flyers to an impressive 47 wins and 103 points.
Before his time with the Flyers, Laviolette spent time as head coach of the New York Islanders and Carolina Hurricanes, with whom he won a Cup in 2006.