Dave Hakstol won’t be the coach of the Philadelphia Flyers much longer. But that he is still the coach today speaks volumes about the chaos in Philadelphia under new GM Chuck Fletcher, who has been on the job for just two weeks. Daniel Sprong is back in Pittsburgh, and it’s time to start looking ahead to the rookies who are the real deal.
First, Philly. Reporter-Blogger Steph Driver was the first with the story, and she is standing by the details, even as the team denies the report that Dave Hakstol will not coach the team, Tuesday. She lays out the updated timeline and updated sources here, including one hang up is that Joel Quenneville cannot arrive by Tuesday (Broadstreet Hockey)
Q is skiing. Yet it’s the Flyers going downhill.
Daniel Sprong is back in Pittsburgh. Our Shelly Anderson will be covering the morning skate and hopefully speaking to the Sprongster, who scored a pair of goals, Saturday. Ah, what the hell have your fun. For those of you who insisted Sullivan was a jerk who wouldn’t give poor Daniel a chance, savor the moment. Just be prepared to get it back if you decide to troll me (for repetitively explaining…and explaining why the Penguins coaches made the decisions not to feature him)!
To paraphrase Rod Stewart, it’s mid-December and some kids should be back at school. However, a few more young guns in the NHL are making their mark. (NHL.com).
Kings goalie Jonathan Quick tore into his team after the loss to the Penguins, Saturday. It’s not safe for work or church viewing. The expletives are not deleted (The Athletic).
Andre Burakovsky could be traded out of Washington to Vancouver soon (RMB).
On the trade front, Saturday, Pittsburgh Hockey Now stirred the pot regarding the Carolina Hurricanes (PHN).
Anthony DuClair is hitting a rough patch in Columbus (Dispatch).