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Thursday Morning Fly By: Tons of actual Flyers news in here, get excited.

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

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*Part two of Travis' conversation with Ron Hextall focuses on the Flyers' young forward core, Steve Mason, and the team's overall potential. [BSH]

*John LeClair thinks the Flyers are a playoff team under Hextall. [ESPN]

*The look back at the Flyers 25 Under 25 continues with numbers 15 through 11. [BSH]

*Kimmo Timonen is headed back to Philly to see the Flyers doctor. [Courier-Post]

*The Lehigh Valley Phantoms have released their schedule. [BSH]

*And speaking of schedules, the local television and radio broadcast schedule was also released yesterday. [Flyers]

*Running the numbers on the Flyers' newest defenseman, Michael Del Zotto. [Let's Go Flyers]

*Chris Therien and Steve Coates are swapping broadcast jobs. [BSH]

*The Flyers re-signed defenseman Brandon Manning. [Flyers]

*Claude Giroux's ridiculous spinny backhander against the Blue Jackets has been named the second best goal of the year in SB Nation's countdown. [SB Nation]

*NHL expansion rumors blew up yesterday, but the league spent most of today emphatically shooting those rumors down. [ProHockeyTalk]

*Evaluating the windows of success for each team in the Metropolitan Division. [The Hockey Writers]

*And finally, Sean McIndoe looks back on the NHL in the 80s again, trying to figure out just why the scoring was so insane back then. [Grantland]