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Thursday Morning Fly By: Well that's not how you want to start...

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

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*Well...that wasn't the result we were hoping for. It wasn't all bad, though. Check out the highlights & recap here.

*And we're right back at it tonight as the Flyers open up at home against New Jersey. Check back this afternoon for a preview!

*All eyes were on Claude Giroux when the team took the ice last night in Boston. Didn't look 100%, to be honest. [Inquirer]

*Craig Berube started his first full season as head coach and things went...not horribly. [Daily News]

*So Chris Pronger might end up working for the department of player safety? Perhaps he will use his powers to smite our enemies... [BSH]

*Jakub Voracek plans to be an elite player someday. We're all on board with that, Jake. Go nuts. [ProHockeyTalk]

*New hire Ian Anderson is moving the Flyers further into the analytics world. [Daily News]

*Travis looks a little more deeply at the tools Anderson is employing to try and better the team on the ice. [BSH]

*The fine folks over at Japer's Rink continue their ranking of things, this time it's Metro Division defensemen. [Japer's Rink]

*Sizing up the Flyers' division and conference foes. [CSN Philly]

*This preview of the Metro is way harsh on the Flyers. [Hockey-Graphs]

*The predictions for the '14-'15 season are starting to roll in; first up is the team from Yahoo Sports. [Puck Daddy]

*The experts at the NHL Network and also get in on the prognosticating. []

*And so do the folks over at PHT. [ProHockeyTalk]

*Eight reasons why this NHL season is different from seasons past. [USA Today]

*And fourteen early-season storylines to which you can overreact. [Grantland]

*It is INSANELY expensive to go to a Maple Leafs game. The Flyers? Middle of the pack. [The Hockey News]

*And finally, this story out of Canada is interesting if for no other reason than it reveals just how much influence the NHL has over its broadcasters. [Yahoo Sports]