Peter Laviolette will continue as coach of the Flyers next season, this according to the man who makes that call, general manager Paul Holmgren.
In recent weeks, Holmgren had become increasingly agitated when asked about Laviolette’s status, even though the Flyers were on the verge of missing the playoffs for the first time since 2007.
But on Sunday, one day after the Flyers’ campaign officially came to an end, Holmgren made an official announcement.
“Peter Laviolette is the coach, I don’t where all this (speculation) came from,’’ he said during a press briefing at the Skate Zone.
Asked about Laviolette’s performance after getting the Flyers to at least the second round of the playoffs three straight years, Holmgren indicated the coach was only one piece of why the team did not achieve the postseason.
“We’re not in the playoffs, so we all underperformed,’’ Holmgren said. “Players, coaches, myself. And we’ve got to get better. But I’m not unhappy with the coaches, I think they’ve done a good job, under the circumstances but we’re sitting here today talking and the playoffs start in two days and we’re not in them, so that’s not good.’’
Holmgren went on to say that he’s confident that Laviolette’s message is still getting through to the players after coaching the Flyers in 269 games (145-95-29), now third alltime behind only Fred Shero (554) and Mike Keenan (320).
“I have no doubts, I think our team played hard until the end,’’ Holmgren said. “Did we execute good enough during the year? Probably not. That’s why we’re sitting here talking today.