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

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*Ron Hextall talks about the future of the Flyers. Prospects, if you will. [Flyers]

*Meltzer on shot volumes and the return of Darroll Powe. [Hockeybuzz]

*SB Nation's goal countdown continues, with a tic-tac-toe effort from the Penguins at number 8, and Tomas Tatar's dangle against the Stars at number 7.

*Rumors of an NHL team coming to Seattle continue to swirl. [The Score]

*Sean McIndoe on the NHL of the 1980s. [Grantland]

*This cool infographic will show you how far each NHL team will travel during the upcoming season.

*Outdoor games and the new Canadian television deal are the two main reasons the NHL is raking in the cash. [The Globe & Mail]

*Is the NHL gearing up for a war against advanced stats websites? [Puck Daddy]

*Interestingly, when it comes to which way you shoot, Canada leans left and the USA leans right. [New York Times]

*And finally, it's kind of annoying when Gary Bettman does things that make him seem human and possibly likeable. [NHL.com]