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Wednesday Morning Fly By: Something like 677 hours until the puck drops.

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

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*The Flyers aren't required to report until September 19th, but most of them are already practicing because they can't wait to get going. [Inquirer]

*Claude Giroux is still bothered by the loss to the Rangers last playoffs. He's not the only one. [ESPN]

*Wayne Simmonds and Claude Giroux sat down for a Q&A at the NHL store in New York; hilarity ensued. Be sure to click on each video listed on the right of the linked page, you won't be sorry. []

*Speaking of Mr. Train, Meltzer makes a case that he should be wearing an "A" next season. [Hockeybuzz]

*A few of the Flyers offer their comments about the new head of Player Safety. [CSN Philly]

*Michael Del Zotto is still ready to prove he can make it in the NHL. [Courier-Post]

*Anyone else forget Ryan White was a Flyer? Well, he'll miss training camp due to injury. [BSH]

*Vegas thinks the Flyers will be a playoff team this year. Woohoo! [SB Nation]

*NHL 15 was officially released yesterday. Please to enjoy this review of the game. [BSH]

*Here are the roster ratings for your Philadelphia Flyers in the EA Sports universe. [Let's Go Flyers]

*Several Flyers prospects make an appearance on this list of the top 60 prospects, led by Jonathan Drouin. []

*On the term "holdout" and why it is time to retire it. [The Hockey News]

*Five offseason questions that still need answering as the start of the season draws near. [Grantland]