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Thursday Morning Fly By: Remember when the words "GM Ron Hextall" filled us with hope?

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

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*The Flyers are pretty good at beating the Sabres because the Sabres are pretty bad at hockey. That may continue tonight. Puck won't drop until around 8PM because of the Eric Desjardins ceremony. Preview the game here.

*Let's look back on Desjardins' time in Philly ahead of his induction into the Flyers' Hall. [Flyers]

*Meltzer also remembers Rico's time here. [Hockeybuzz]

*So the Flyers signed Nick Schultz to an extension for some reason. [BSH]

*Michael Raffl took to Twitter to answer your most important questions. [Flyers]

*Raffl also spoke post-practice about finally being back on the top line. [Flyers]

*The Nerd Report for the Blue Jackets game shows a strong effort on the Flyers' part. [BSH]

*That loss to the BJs makes the Flyers' playoff hopes even more improbable. [Daily News]

*Jeremy Roenick thinks Kimmo Timonen's return will provide the Flyers with a massive spark. [CSN Philly]

*Now may be the time to say goodbye to Braydon Coburn. [BSH]

*Five other trades the Flyers should make to gear up for the inevitable playoff run. [Pattison Ave]

*Friedman's latest Thirty Thoughts. [Sportsnet]

*The best of the best in hockey video game glitches. [TSN]

*You may not believe this, but no one wants to play in Edmonton or Winnipeg. [Puck Daddy]

*Olli Jokinen really hates the Leafs and he's been there like five minutes. [ProHockeyTalk]

*And finally, part two of kids looking at old hockey things. Hilarity still ensues. [TSN]