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Thursday Morning Fly By: Let's keep this thing going, shall we?

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

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*The Edmonton Oilers are in town tonight, so let's keep this streak rolling! It's not like the Oilers have any good players or anything. Puck drops at 700 WOOOOOOOO!

*Hey lookie there, people are acknowledging that Steve Mason is the number one goaltender on this team, as if that were a thing ever in question. [CSN Philly]

*Steve Mason is an elite quarterback goaltender. [Sports Talk Philly]

*Ivan Provorov: #1 defenseman? [Courier-Post]

*Charlie spells out (some of) the problems with Dave Hakstol's lineup decisions in his most recent batch of observations. [BSH]

*Folks, Bill told you on BSH Radio but now others are catching on: Wayne Simmonds deserves to be an NHL All-Star. [Sons of Penn]

*Friedman's 30 Thoughts this week focuses on NHL participation in the Olympic games... [Sportsnet]

*...which is a thing some people are vehemently against. [ESPN]

*This is kind of fun: an account of a Phantoms game in Allentown, from a visiting fan's perspective. [Lighthouse Hockey]

*DGB doesn't understand these players and probably neither do you. [The Hockey News]

*John Scott is retiring from hockey. He's an awesome, awesome guy. [The Players' Tribune]

*And finally, our hockey team is comprised of a bunch of big goofy nerds and it's wonderful. [Flyers]