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Wednesday Morning Fly By: Let the games begin!

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

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*Hextall press conference at 2PM. DO IT, RON. [Inquirer]

*The Flyers may not be in the playoffs but that doesn't mean we can't enjoy them, right? The fun kicks off tonight, woo! [NHL.com]

*And the second half of this article will fill you in on the TV coverage of this year's playoffs. You can watch ALL THE GAMES. [Sports Illustrated]

*Claude Giroux will play for Canada at the World's. [Hockey Canada]

*Craig Berube still has a job. But should he? [BSH]

*And in case you missed Berube's end-of-season comments.... [Flyers]

*Claude Giroux also spoke with the media after yesterday's locker clean-out day. [Flyers]

*Criticism of Berube certainly doesn't seem to be dying down. [Daily News]

*The Flyers say they need more leadership. [Inquirer]

*Ron Hextall is still preaching patience when it comes to rebuilding his team. [Daily News]

*Warning, this one's a little hot: Vinny Lecavalier: Villain or Victim? [Inquirer]

*Speaking of, Vinny's contract/failure here should serve as a warning for other teams. [The Hockey News]

*Friedman's final Thirty Thoughts focuses on the NHL awards. [Sportsnet]

*Since playoffs get underway tonight, it seemed like a perfect time for your friends at Broad Street Hockey to offer their predictions. [BSH]

*DownGoesBrown previews the Western Conference playoff series. [Grantland]

*NHL15 says the Ducks are going to win the Cup after beating the Rangers. [Puck Daddy]

*Forecasting the first round using the stats shows quite a few series should be exciting. [TSN]

*In fact, this year's playoffs may be seriously exciting. Almost anyone can take this thing. [The Score]

*The National Women's Hockey League will kick off in October, but who is going to play? [BSH]

*And finally, in case you forgot that Henrik Lundqvist is better than you in every way... [The Score]