Laviolette settles in as Flyers coach

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Sep 162010
 
Peter Laviolette

Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette

September 16 Camden Courier-Post:

” By his count, Peter Laviolette has packed and unpacked at least a half dozen times since the Flyers hired him as head coach last December.

In a span of 10 months Laviolette and his wife, Kristen — along with their three children, Peter, Jack and Elisabeth — moved from a house in North Carolina to a house in Florida; packed for a house in South Jersey that eventually fell through; moved to a short-term condo in South Jersey for the conclusion of last season; returned to their home in Florida following the season; and just recently moved into their permanent residence in South Jersey.

“The house has boxes everywhere,” Laviolette said. “It makes me realize how much I hate moving.”

And how much he wants to stay with the Flyers.

With two seasons remaining on his contract, Laviolette, 45, is hoping he can build off the Flyers‘ incredible playoff run last season, which fell two wins shy of the club’s first Stanley Cup in 35 years. They’ll have that chance on Saturday when they hit the ice for the first time since watching the Chicago Blackhawks raise the Stanley Cup on June 9 at the Wachovia Center, now renamed the Wells Fargo Center.

“I’m sure some players will say the summer was ridiculously short, but not me,” Laviolette said. “I think it was long enough. Let’s get back to work.”

The summer was not particularly kind to Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger, who underwent right knee surgery on July 27 and skated Wednesday for the first time since June 9. Pronger and defensive prospect Kevin Marshall (hip surgery) are the only players not cleared for game action when the Flyers’ eight-game preseason begins Tuesday.

“I don’t have a time frame,” said Pronger, who noted he did not fall down during his brief skate. “I’d like it to be as close to 100 percent as it’s going to get. I don’t know if it’s ever going to get to 100 percent, but I want it to be as strong as it can be.””

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