FIRED FLYERS COACH DAVE HAKSTOL LANDS JOB IN TORONTO!

By Sally Fahey

The Toronto Maple Leafs have hired fired Flyers coach Dave Hakstol as an assistant, likely to handle the defensive side of the puck and penalty kill strategy.

The 50-year-old spent over a decade as the head coach of the University of North Dakota before the Flyers hired him at the start of the 2015-16 season.

In his three-and-a-half campaigns with the team before he was replaced in December of last year, he amassed a record of 116-101-42. During his tenure in Philly, the Flyers were bounced from the first round of the postseason twice and missed the playoffs once.

Hakstol inherits a penalty kill that finished tied for 16th during the regular season at 79.9% but was an abysmal 56.3% during the team’s first-round loss to the Boston Bruins in seven games.

The Leafs 3.04 goals against per game during the regular season placed them 20th in the league.

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