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Tuesday Morning Fly By: HAPPY HOCKEY EVE!

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

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*The long wait is very nearly over, and ahead of tomorrow's opener please to enjoy this preview of the Flyers' stellar defense. [BSH]

*Is Steve Mason the Flyers' most important player? [CSN Philly]

*Hockey players + helmet cams + paintball guns = hilarious. [Let's Go Flyers]

*The Flyers are in the awkward stages of the team rebuild: not quite bad, but not quite great either. [Daily News]

*Wayne Simmonds skated with the team yesterday, which is awesome. [BSH]

*Simmer spoke with the media post-skate. [Flyers]

*Meltzer on the projected lines for tomorrow's game. [Hockeybuzz]

*Zac Rinaldo is finding a new role now that the team seems to be shifting away from the goonery. [Courier-Post]

*There's a bit of urgency heading into the opener. [CSN Philly]

*A look at the current top-five Flyers prospects. [The Hockey Writers]

*Speaking of prospects, the Phantoms have finalized their roster ahead of their season opener. [BSH]

*The Columbus Blue Jackets and Ryan Johansen have ended their long stalemate; they agreed on a three year deal yesterday. [ProHockeyTalk]

*The NHL has overhauled its GameCenter Live mobile app for the '14-'15 season. [Puck Daddy]

*There are a few rule changes coming at us this season; here's a detailed look at all of them. [Habs Eyes On The Prize]

*If you missed it yesterday, Bob McKenzie's new book includes this little nugget about how Corsi got its name. [TSN]

*Phil Kessel: if you don't like him you're nuts. [Sportsnet]

*And finally, Alex Ovechkin had a dinner date with a ten year old superfan and it was ADORABLE. [Washington Post]