Peter Laviolette led the Flyers within two wins of a Stanley Cup championship. Philadelphia is willing to give their coach a few more years to finish the job.
Laviolette and the Flyers agreed Wednesday to a two-year contract extension that will take him through the 2014-15 season.
Philadelphia has the third-most wins in the Eastern Conference (122), behind only Pittsburgh and Washington (127 each) since Laviolette was hired to take over for John Stevens in December 2009. The Flyers needed a shootout victory in the final game of the 2010 season to make the playoffs. Once in, though, they stormed through a surprising run to the Cup finals as a No. 7 seed.
Eventually, they lost in six games to Chicago.
While the roster remains a work in progress - Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren continues to reshape it with trades of one-time anchors like Mike Richards, Jeff Carter and James van Riemsdyk - the stand behind the players, where the coach roams, is more than solid. Holmgren has re...