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Flyers expect to sign Peter Laviolette to an extension

Peter Laviolette

Peter Laviolette, head coach of the Philadelphia Flyers hockey team, pauses while speaking during a media availability at their practice facility Thursday, May 10, 2012 in Voorhees, N.J. The Flyers will be watching the rest of the playoffs from home after the New Jersey Devils defeated the Flyers 4-1 in their best-of-seven conference semifinals. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)


While NHL teams are shifting more and more toward defense-first approaches, Peter Laviolette continues to promote his attacking system.

His contract was scheduled to expire at the end of next season, but’s Sarah Baicker reports that the Philadelphia Flyers expect to extend his contract “within a week.”

Laviolette coached the Flyers to an appearance in the 2010 Stanley Cup finals after taking over for John Stevens and also won an Atlantic Division title during his three abbreviated seasons in Philly. His overall record as the Flyers coach is 122-73-26 in that span.