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Thursday Morning Fly By: What a day; what a LOVELY day!

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

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*IT'S FINALLY HERE!!! Flyers hockey returns to your life in what I assume will be triumphant fashion because it's way too early to be negative. Our boys hit the ice in Tampa tonight at 730. PREVIEW!!

*Dave Hakstol made some final decisions yesterday and it looks like we'll be seeing Luke Schenn, not Radko Gudas, against the Lightning tonight. [BSH]

*The Flyers know they can't start flat like they did last year. Would be very bad. [CSN Philly]

*What exactly would it take to get a fast start? [Flyers]

*When should we expect Michal Neuvirth to start over Steve Mason? [Sons of Penn]

*Speaking of, Mason credits his strong preseason to offseason training. [CSN Philly]

*Poor, poor Shayne Gostisbehere. [BSH]

*If you missed last night's rousing episode of BSH Radio first, how dare you, and second you can listen here!

*The folks over at Japers' rank their top ten centers in the Metropolitan Division. [Japers' Rink]

*Doesn't look like Rob Zombie's Broad Street Bullies movie is ever going to happen. [BSH]

*The LA Kings and Mike Richards appear to be working on a settlement. [TSN]

*Ever wondered which teams make tickets more or less expensive when they're in town? [Sportsnet]

*Lots of varied opinions when it comes to the new NHL overtime format. [TSN]

*DGB gives us seven storylines to overreact to as the season starts. [Grantland]

*The top-50 NHL players, according to a bunch of numbers-crunching. [Hockey Graphs]

*There are quite a lot of great rookies to look out for this year. [TSN]

*More NHL Awards predictions, way too early. Which, lets face it, is why it's fun. [Puck Daddy]

*And finally, find yourself asking, 'hey, which NHL team is the fattest?' No? Well too bad, we've got answers. [Mirtle]