PHILADELPHIA (AP) -The Flyers and John Stevens agreed to a one-year contract extension Friday that will take the second-year coach through the 2008-09 season.
``John has built strong relationships with many of our young players as well as with the players that joined us over the summer,'' Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said. ``We believe that he is the right coach to lead our team in a positive direction.''
The 41-year-old Stevens has the Flyers (16-13-3) in eighth place in the Eastern Conference a year after they had their worst season in franchise history. Stevens went 21-42-11 for the Flyers last year after he was hired in October to replace the fired Ken Hitchcock.
``They have a long history of winning here and I am excited to be a part of that moving forward,'' Stevens said.
Stevens led the Flyers' AHL affiliate, the Phantoms, to the 2005 Calder Cup.
The Flyers play Friday night at Buffalo.

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