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Thursday Morning Fly By: Hey, there's a hockey game on TV tonight!

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

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*Claude Giroux is awesome; growing into his role as captain of the Flyers. []

*The Flyers announced a big batch of roster cuts yesterday. There were a couple of surprises. [Let's Go Flyers]

*So remember all those Evander Kane rumors this summer? Apparently it was really really close to happening. [BSH]

*Craig Berube is relying on a better start and improved defense in '14-'15. []

*And apparently the team means business heading into the start of the season. [Flyers]

*Berube had some post-game comments after the 4-0 loss to the Leafs. [Flyers]

*Another look at why Wayne Simmonds might be the key to Sean Couturier's breakout. [CSN Philly]

*If you didn't like Michael Del Zotto before, you will after this. [BSH]

*Simmer and Jake Voracek make an appearance on this ranking of the Metro's best right wingers. [Japers' Rink]

*The Rangers' Derek Stepan broke his leg during a conditioning test, which is pretty freaky. [Blueshirt Banter]

*This three-part look at hockey analytics from the Toronto Sun is worth a read. Part one previews the upcoming season, the first since the stats went mainstream. Part two looks at the ever-evolving nature of the analytics community, and part three focuses on Alberta, Canada's hockey analytics hotbed.