Peter Laviolette will return as the Flyers' coach next season, general manager Paul Holmgren said on Sunday after the players cleaned out their lockers at their Voorhees practice facility.
Laviolette has two years remaining on his contract, but Holmgren had declined several chances to say the coach would return - until Sunday's news conference.
The Flyers finished 23-22-3 and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2007.
Holmgren said he had "no doubts" that Laviolette still was getting his message through to the players after nearly four seasons as their head coach.
"I think our players played hard till the end," the GM said. "Did we execute good enough during the year? Probably not. That's why we're sitting here talking today. But I think our team played hard."