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

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*Game one is in the books and it was a pretty good one. Pretty, pretty, pretty good. [SB Nation]

*The affiliation deal between the Reading Royals and the Flyers is official; for the next two years the Flyers will have their entire farm system in Pennsylvania. [BSH]

*The Flyers will kick off their preseason on September 22 in London, Ont. Start the countdown. [Flyers]

*A recent poll ranked the Wells Fargo Center 5th among NHL arenas based on overall fan experience. []

*Eric T. isn't convinced that the Rangers are going to be that easy for the Kings to beat. [FiveThirtyEight]

*Dr. T also looked at which team has more impressive hockey analytics. [Puck Daddy]

*Sean McIndoe previews the final; as do the fine folks at SB Nation.

*The governors of New York and California have engaged in the customary friendly sports bet. [LA Times]

*It looks like Pierre McGuire as General Manager of the Penguins is still a thing that could legitimately happen. [ProHockeyTalk]

*Paul Stewart has mixed feelings on the league's reduction of Dan Carcillo's suspension. [Huffington Post]

*Are NHL fans unwelcoming to those new to the game? [Winging It In Motown]

*A guy found $1 Stanley Cup tickets on StubHub. Surprisingly enough, this turned out to be too good to be true. [Deadspin]

*And finally, the most important Final matchup of them all: the BeardOff. [Puck Daddy]