Menu

Hockey

Flyers coach Laviolette optimistic team can compete for a championship in shortened season

  • 3ee2c99fdc2ef200250f6a706700cb39.jpg

    Philadelphia Flyers coach Peter Laviolette speaks with members of the media at the team's NHL hockey training facility Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, in Voorhees, N.J. Ending a bitter dispute that wiped out a large part of the hockey season for the third time in less than two decades, the league and its union agreed to the framework of a 10-year labor contract that will allow a delayed schedule to start later this month. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)The Associated Press

  • 0299364cdc1ef100250f6a706700ca49.jpg

    Philadelphia Flyers coach Peter Laviolette speaks with members of the media at the team's NHL hockey training facility Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, in Voorhees, N.J. Ending a bitter dispute that wiped out a large part of the hockey season for the third time in less than two decades, the league and its union agreed to the framework of a 10-year labor contract that will allow a delayed schedule to start later this month. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)The Associated Press

Flyers coach Peter Laviolette is back where he belongs, at the team's training complex, speaking to reporters and watching some of his players work out.

They're not all back yet, but they will be here soon, as the Flyers finally get a chance to wash away the sting of another short playoff run last season.

The standard group of workout regulars that included defenseman Kimmo Timonen and forwards Max Talbot and Jody Shelley were back Monday morning for a light workout in New Jersey. It was their first unofficial meeting since the NHL and the players' union reached a tentative agreement a day earlier after a lengthy lockout.

The Flyers ditched their NHLPA jerseys for their regular ones with the team logo and skated in front of a few dozen fans.

Laviolette says the short season makes it more important than ever for the Flyers to get off to a fast start.