Flyers, Lavy close to extension

The Flyers will sign Peter Laviolette to a contract extension, according to Paul Holmgren. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

 GM Paul Holmgren told The Inquirer that Flyers' coach Peter Laviolette will be given an extension and that he expects the deal to be completed within a week - and perhaps by the end of the weekend.

Laviolette has directed the Flyers to back-to-back 47-win seasons. You have to go back to the mid 1980s to find a time when the Flyers had more victories in consecutive seasons.

Holmgren said after the season that Laviolette would get an extension, but the general manager has been busy with free-agent matters. Now the sides are close to hammering out a deal.

Laviolette, 47, was named the team's coach early in the 2009-10 season and he led the Flyers to the Stanley Cup Finals. The Flyers have lost in the conference semifinals the last two seasons.

The Flyers are 112-73-26 under Laviolette in the regular season, and 23-23 in the playoffs.

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