We’re one week in and we’ve already seen beat writers threaten to boycott covering the team’s charity event, the coach get fired, Ed Snider lose his cool during a press conference (and interview), the new coach tell a reporter to “get lost,” and now, Scott Hartnell go after Kevin Cooney of the Bucks County Courier Times on Twitter.

Cooney wrote a column today, a fair critique of the OB, which Hartnell took exception to. This was probably the most inflammatory part:

The worst thing that a sports franchise can be is dishonest with itself. If it doesn’t understand what is going on and how it has reached a certain point, there is no way that it can fix the underlying problem.

And for all the talk about culture change Monday during the news conference to announce the switch from Peter Laviolette to Craig Berube as head coach, one underlying fact was evident in Tuesday night’s 2-1 win over the lowly Florida Panthers.

This team — as constructed — is not good at all. The defense allows too many open looks at the net. The offense is too sporadic.

Pretty standard as far as negative sports columns go. And mostly spot-on, too.

Hartnell no like:


Hartnell is a made man, so, predictably, some Flyers fans on Twitter went after Cooney pretty hard because Scott Hartnell took exception to something he wrote, so Cooney must be a bad guy! But none came harder (alone, undoubtedly) than this fucking guy, who we’re calling… this fucking guy, oh he vociferous defender of the Bullies: