New Flyers head coach Dave Hakstol is presented with an instant challenge. The purpose behind his hiring for Ron Hextall was to be the coach that could instill a winning system and lead the Orange and Black back to the playoffs and beyond.
That challenge begins on Thursday night as the Flyers open their season in Tampa Bay against the Lightning.
If the preseason was any indicator, Hakstol’s system has not set in yet and won’t anytime soon, not with the way this group looked in the final week of the preseason.
That said, you wonder where Hakstol’s mentality is. He has been mild-mannered, almost getting his feet wet in the preseason himself before it all counts.
Thursday’s game is the beginning for the Flyers, a team that can absolutely not afford a slow start at any cost.