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Thursday Morning Fly By: Good riddance July, you tremendous bore.

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

Bruce Bennett

*It's August! This means we've only a month and a half until sweet, sweet NHL hockey returns to our otherwise empty lives. In the meantime, here's some hockey news:

*Meltzer lists the top-ten offensive defensemen in Flyers history. (Hockeybuzz)

*Another look at the can't-miss games in the upcoming season. (CSN Philly)

*A couple of former Flyers returned to Philly to coach at the Amateur Hockey Combine. (Flyers)

*The folks over at Japers' Rink examine their new division-mates in the Metro. (Japers' Rink)

*Ilya Bryzgalov is doing some training over in Sweden. (Puck Daddy)

*Looking (way)forward to the top-25 prospects in the 2014 draft class. (NHL Numbers)

*A look at how the Toronto Maple Leafs approach advanced stats. (PPP)

*Gary Bettman wants to make this expansion thing happen sooner rather than later. (SB Nation)

*The recent signings by the Winnipeg Jets may point to a new trend in contract structure. (Last Word on Sports)

*On "gangsterism" in the KHL. (The Hockey Writers)

*An excellent piece on Detroit's new arena complex, built in the midst of bankruptcy. (Winging It In Motown)

*And finally, DGB on just how bad Toronto's offseason has been, just because it's hilarious. (Grantland)