UNABLE TO give his coach any of the summer's top free agents, Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren gave Peter Laviolette the next best thing: a contract extension.

Laviolette signed a multiyear extension to remain as coach of the Flyers, the team announced Wednesday. Terms were not disclosed.

"Peter and I have a strong relationship," Holmgren said in a conference call with reporters. "We talked about it briefly at the end of the year and we had our own business to work through with the draft, July 1st, and all the other stuff that goes on. There was never a question that this wasn't going to get done. I am very happy to have it done."

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