The Flyers announced yesterday that they had extended head coach Peter Laviolette’s contract for two more years. Lavy’s contract was set to expire after the upcoming season, so the extension will keep him under contract in Philadelphia through the 2014-2015 season. The Flyers’ front office clearly believes in Laviolette’s coaching style, which brought them to the brink of a Stanley Cup win in 2010. They also believe that he is the right coach to develop all the young talent (Claude Giroux, Matt Read, Sean Couturier, Brayden Schenn, Luke Schenn, Wayne Simmonds, Jakub Voracek, Marc-Andre Bourdon, Erik Gustafsson) on the roster. However, one has to think that if the Flyers don’t improve on their 2011 and 2012 playoff performances (2nd round losses in both seasons) in either of the next two seasons, Laviolette might not be behind the bench for the final year of his contract.
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