Wednesday Morning Fly By: Let the games begin!

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

*Surprisingly, Mark Streit turned into the Flyers best defenseman by the time this season ended. [BSH]

*The Flyers' front office is busy laying the groundwork for the City of Philadelphia's first NHL draft. [Inquirer]

*Meltzer on the likelihood that the Flyers will trade up or otherwise made a splash at the draft. [Hockeybuzz]

*Late yesterday Ron Hextall signed Shayne Gostisbehere's Union College teammate, left winger Matt Hatch. [Inquirer]

*Off-Season Game Plan: Philadelphia Flyers. [TSN]

*Two big questions heading into tonight's game are if rest will be an advantage for the Rangers and whether or not the Kings can keep their newly-hot scoring going.

*Dan Carcillo appealed his ten-game suspension and had it reduced to six games, which makes him eligible to play in game four of the Final. [Blueshirt Banter]

*Jonathan Quick has not been great for the Kings these playoffs. [The Score]

*A guide to evaluating the free agent defenseman class. [Poweranks]

*Despite the recent repeat success of the Kings, 'Hawks, and Bruins, Gary Bettman's salary cap has leveled the playing field. [The Buffalo News]

*Building hockey's advanced stats dream team. [FiveThirtyEight]

*Sean McIndoe celebrates another season of Canadian futility where the NHL playoffs are concerned. [Grantland]

*A small Saskatchewan town is using hockey to attract a new workforce - and it's working. Because Canada is magic. [National Post]

*And finally, Simpsons-ized NHL logos. The interpretation of the Flyers logo is kind of...expected. [TSN]

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