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.
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