VIDEO: Begrudgingly Giving Kudos To Flyers For Open-Minded Dave Hakstol Hire


Feb 19, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Flyers former defenseman

Eric Desjardins

(right) poses with Philadelphia Flyers general manager

Ron Hextall

during a pre-game ceremony where Desjardins was inducted into the Flyers Hall of Fame before game against the Buffalo Sabres at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

It isn’t often that I feel compelled to give the Philadelphia Flyers credit, but I was impressed with their courage and open-mindedness in the hiring of former University of North Dakota coach Dave Hakstol.

The Penguins made a leap of faith of their own last year when they brought in Mike Johnston from juniors, but as I explain in this episode of City of Champions TV, they were one-upped by their cross-state rivals in the boldness category:

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