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Wednesday Morning Fly By: IT'S FINALLY HERE.

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

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*It's finally hockey day!!!! The Flyers are just excited as you are. Maybe. Probably not, you're really excited. [Flyers]

*Some excellent news: it looks like Wayne Simmonds WILL take the ice tonight in Boston. [BSH]

*And he'll be wearing a well-deserved "A" on his sweater (Mark Streit too). [BSH]

*The Flyers' defense remains the biggest question mark; it'll be hard to improve with no Kimmo Timonen. [CSN Philly]

*Michael Del Zotto and Luke Schenn are hoping to find their redemption together. [Courier-Post]

*Kurt looks at what it will take for the Flyers' offense to produce this season. [BSH]

*Paul Holmgren is still adjusting to life as President of the Flyers. [CSN Philly]

*Vegas is not super-confident that Craig Berube will keep his job this season. [BSH]

*Unfortunately we will not be seeing the return of Simon Gagne this evening. [Daily News]

*Analytics storylines for each NHL team this season. [TSN]

*The CHL has folded and seven of its teams absorbed into the ECHL. [SB Nation]

*Seattle was way closer to getting an NHL team than you may have realized. Like really, really close. [The Seattle Times]

*NBC's hockey coverage just got a little more Canadian and in no way is that a bad thing. [Sports Illustrated]

*On the effect shot totals have on save percentage. [On The Forecheck]

*The folks at Puck Daddy offer their predictions for the upcoming season. They've apparently not heard about Zac Rinaldo's #heart. [Puck Daddy]

*And finally, this is old but it's a few of the best playoff goals in Flyers history; watch them each and get excited.