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Saturday, June 24, 2006

Lavi signed through 2011

Unconfirmed reports indicate that the Hurricanes and coach Peter Laviolette have agreed to a five year contract extension which would pay the coach $1M per season. This will put to rest rumors of going to Boston. The Islanders rumors were already dispelled, and Jim Rutherford made his intentions clear even before the Canes Stanley Cup triumph.

The 41-year old Franklin Massechusetts native has also been head coach of several US national teams including the IIHF World Championships and the Winter Olympics. As a player, he served as Captain of the 1994 US Olympic team. He coached the Providence Bruins to a Calder Cup Championship in 1999, and won the Stanley Cup coaching the Hurricanes this season. In a very tightly contested race, he fell one vote short of Buffalo's Lindy Ruff in the Jack Adams balloting this season.

The official announcement hasn't been made, but expect to see it sometime Sunday or Monday.


kubiak said...

Assuming this is true, this is great news. Losing Lavi would really have been tough to take.

So far so good. I like how the psotseason's working out.

The Puck Stops Here said...

2011? Given the short tenure of most NHL coaches I bet Carolina will find a reason to fire him before then.

Stormbringer said...

TPSH: I don't know...keep in mind that the Canes are a club that kept Paul Maurice for at least nine years. And while Mo was ok, he was certainly not Lavy.

So, if Mo could stick around for almost a decade, according to that, Lavy will be around 'til retirement from coaching. My gut being that the Stanley Cup may have practically secured that.

But as noted, given the screwy history of NHL coaches, who knows?

Chris said...

All of Boston is jumping off the Tobin Bridge because the fans wanted Laviollete hard after he was screwed over twice by the B's.

If you'd like some comedy you can go to www.pleasesellthebruins.com

It makes this Devils (and old school Whalers) fan smile.


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