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Flyers, coach agree to new deal
By ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published September 19, 2006
PHILADELPHIA - Flyers coach Ken Hitchcock signed a new three-year contract through 2008-09.
Hitchcock, entering his fourth season, is 130-77-39 in the regular season with Philadelphia. He led the Flyers to the conference finals in 2004, where they lost to the Lightning, which later won the Stanley Cup.
Hitchcock said negotiations with general manager Bob Clarke lasted "only about 30 seconds."
"The important thing for me was, when you put the work in and make the decision to play younger players to build the fabric for years, you want to be around when they mature," Hitchcock said.
Clarke said the contract extension was the "final piece of stability" the team wanted at the beginning of training camp.
"I think if you're a coach, there has to be some comfort level and a commitment from the organization, too," Clarke said. "But I don't think the contract makes the coach better. He's earned it."
In 10 seasons with Dallas and Philadelphia, Hitchcock is 407-243-99. He is 66-51 in playoff games and won the Stanley Cup with Dallas in 1999.
Hitchcock, 54, knows he has a challenge working with a rebuilding team but insists his contract situation wouldn't have been a distraction.
"I didn't think that much about" the contract, he said. "I live pretty much week to week. Nine months is a long term for me. That's just the way I live the season."
OBITUARY: Former Canadiens player Floyd Curry, a four-time Stanley Cup champion, died Saturday in a Montreal hospital. He was 81.
Mr. Curry spent 11 seasons with Montreal and scored 105 goals and 204 points in 601 games. His most memorable moment came when he recorded his only hat trick Oct. 29, 1951, with Queen Elizabeth in attendance at the Montreal Forum. He also worked in the Canadiens' front office for more than four decades.