Philadelphia Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette will not be relieved of his duties, according to general manager Paul Holmgren on Monday morning.
The statement was not overly assertive but was positive nonetheless, via the Courier-Post:
Asked Monday after the Flyers morning skate if he expects Laviolette to return next season, Holmgren responded, "Yeah. I'll say that. Sure."
Holmgren would go on to elaborate that he hasn't thought about firing the coaches and still hasn't considered that possibility. In fact, he stated that he was pleased with the job the coaching staff had done to this point.
The Flyers will enter competition on Monday night tied for the third-fewest points in the Eastern Conference. While they've yet to be mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, it would take an unusual sequence of events for the team to qualify.
Considering the aggressive moves the Flyers have made in the past in the pursuit of a third Stanley Cup, some speculated that Laviolette might be one of many changes the team makes prior to the 2013-14 season. While one should never say never when it comes to the Philadelphia franchise, it appears Laviolette will be safe this offseason.