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Thursday Morning Fly By: Hurry up, September. Football is taking over our lives.

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

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*Next up on our 25U25 list is defenseman Mark Friedman, who's cracked the top 20 this year. [BSH]

*Meltzer on Claude Giroux, Dave Hakstol, and preseason television. [Hockeybuzz]

*DGB passes judgement on Stanley Cup titles like no one else can. [Grantland]

*On hockey analytics, and why they need more theories not just more data. [Pension Plan Puppets]

*Could the Hurricanes be a force in the Metro this season? [TSN]

*Bruins general manager and actual evil person Jeremy Jacobs won an award for "outstanding service to hockey". Travis let's us know why that's a big joke. [BSH]

*Apparently we're doing the ice bucket challenge again. [ProHockeyTalk]

*Former Flyers writer Frank Seravalli previews the Metro Division. [The Hockey Writers]

*The new NHL arena in Las Vegas will reportedly have a nightclub above the ice because OF COURSE IT WILL. [BSH]

*Getting pucks through shot-blocking layers has become a coveted skill for NHLers. [The Score]

*And finally, this Japanese kid is kind of good at hockey. [TSN]