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Flyers fire Stevens, hire Laviolette

Updated: December 5, 2009, 2:25 AM ET
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PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Flyers replaced coach John Stevens with Peter Laviolette on Friday after the team was shut out in consecutive games.

Laviolette led the Carolina Hurricanes to their only Stanley Cup title in 2006. He was fired in December 2008 and was still under contract.

Laviolette, who also coached the New York Islanders for two seasons, was 167-130-30 in his four-plus seasons with Carolina.

"Obviously this is a great opportunity. I am really excited," Laviolette ...

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