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Strange (and smart) power move by resident hardass Dave Hakstol, who apparently took Flyers beat writers to Olive Garden today to warm up his coverage before the season gets underway.

It’d be easy to joke about how taking a group of people to Olive Garden would make them significantly less likely to be kind, but knowing what we know about the greasy slimeballs who cover the Orange and Black, a dish of soggy pasta and maybe a little bit of wine will go a long way in securing favorable coverage from the scriptuals. And it’s started already– here’s Hakstol at the ribk:

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Good thing Timmay has Hakstol to foot his Italian food (ostensible) bills, because we heard last year that Panotch had his corporate card taken away by CSN.