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Friday Morning Fly By: The Rangers are the first to the final. Eww.

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

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*Looking back on Claude Giroux's most excellent year. [BSH]

*Ian Laperriere on his first year behind the Flyers' bench. [Flyers]

*Meltzer on the difficulty the Flyers face trying to shore up the defense and an update on prospect Tyrell Goulbourne. [Hockeybuzz]

*Bit of sad news: Flyers chairman Ed Snider is battling cancer. [Inquirer]

*If you want draft tickets TODAY IS THE DAY. [BSH]

*Craig Berube isn't mincing words when it comes to the state of his team. [Daily News]

*It would appear that Eric Wellwood's playing days are over. Which is a bummer.

*If you missed Tuesday night's Blackhawks-Kings game you missed what might have been the best period of hockey ever. [SB Nation]

*On the NHL's culture of late hits and why it is a pretty big problem. [The Globe & Mail]

*In light of their elimination last night, the twenty levels of Montreal playoff controversy. [Grantland]

*This article seems to suggest that losing Alex Ovechkin to the KHL would make the Capitals a better team. Not sure the math checks out there. [The Hockey News]

*Paul Stewart on how officials should manage late-game idiocy. [Hockeybuzz]

*And finally, the NHL Scouting Combine is taking place this week ahead of the draft; this kind of thing will likely impress. [TSN]