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Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper has a lot of respect for his opening-night opponent, the Flyers.
Marcus Hayes: Claude Giroux was made captain at a young age, but has grown into the role of Flyers leader.
Bob Ford: Rebuilding is what other teams have to do from time to time, but never the Flyers.
Thanks to the prognosticators' gloomy outlook for their team, the Flyers are playing with a chip on their collective shoulders.
It's hard to imagine the team making the postseason with few changes from last season's non-playoff team.
Dave Hakstol has implemented new systems and an emphasis on speed, aggression and competitiveness.
The offseason has been too long for the Flyers, who open on the road against Lightning
Dave Hakstol is the third head coach ever to climb directly from the NCAA to the NHL.
Luke Schenn will be paired with Evgeny Medvedev in the Flyers' opener Thursday in Tampa.
The latest on Edmonton phenom Connor McDavid and new Maple Leafs savior Mike Babcock.
They put up a strong effort against the Eastern Conference champions but fall, 3-2.