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Thursday Morning Fly By: Lionel Messi is often called "The Claude Giroux of football".

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

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*Biggest story yesterday was the Chicago Blackhawks giving Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews ALL OF THE MONEY. [SB Nation]

*For fun, check out the eight best moments in the Kane-Toews bromance. [TSN]

*Good news for Flyers fans is these contracts mean that now Claude Giroux's contract is "acceptable". [The Hot Takery]

*Cory Schneider also got paid yesterday; he's been signed to a 7-year, $42 million extension with the Devils. [In Lou We Trust]

*Getting to know Mark Friedman, the Flyers' third round pick in this year's draft. [BSH]

*If you're into this kind of thing, you can play volleyball against a Flyers prospect next week. [Flyers]

*What to look for at Flyers development camp. [Courier-Post]

*This is a very cool story on a former Flyer whose name you may not remember: Claude Vilgrain. [Daily News]

*The Phantoms move back to the Philadelphia area next season and that opens up some major possibilities for their parent club. [Flyers]

*Meltzer on developing defensemen. [Hockeybuzz]

*More speculation on the Flyers' new third jersey. [Icethetics]

*The Flyers' broadcasts will look a little different next year. [Crossing Broad]

*The 2015 draft will be lousy with American kids. [The Hockey News]

*Leafs fans look at possible bargains remaining on the free agent market. [Maple Leafs Hot Stove]

*So who else could jump from the KHL to the NHL? [ProHockeyTalk]