Thursday Morning Fly By: Oh Hexy, you're so...seemingly competent & forward-thinking.

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Today's open discussion thread, complete with your daily dose of Philadelphia Flyers news and notes...

*The Ron Hextall era has begun. Feels good. [BSH] [Flyers]

*Hexy said a lot of good-sounding things during his press conference yesterday, including that he isn't keen on trading the Flyers' younger players. If you missed the press conference, BSH has a full transcript for you here.

*Check out some of the more um interesting fan reactions to the news. [Philly.com]

*As new GM Hextall's been dealt a bit of a difficult hand. [Inquirer]

*The Flyers should probably try to get faster this offseason. [Daily News]

*Evaluating the Flyers season; first up: goaltending. [CSN Philly]

*A post-mortem on the Flyers' '13-'14 season. [Poweranks]

*With Peter Laviolette's hiring in Nashville, rumors about a possible Vincent Lecavalier trade are beginning to heat up. [BSH]

*The latest of Friedman's Thirty Thoughts, including one on those Vinny rumors. [CBC]

*Eric T. on how to measure forechecking and puck retrieval off the dump and chase. [Outnumbered]

*An advanced-stats breakdown of this year's NHL Awards finalists. [PensBurgh]

*P.K. Subban is turning himself into a bonafide superstar this playoff season. [SB Nation]

*On NHL concussion protocols and the role players have in their failure. [Puck Daddy]

*Can the Minnesota Wild recover? [Grantland]

*Poor Ilya Bryzgalov. [TSN]

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