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Thursday Morning Fly By: It's a good year for playoff beards.

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

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*Meltzer brings you some stuff on the preseason schedule, Worlds, and an injury update. [Hockeybuzz]

*Ron Hextall probably learned a few things from Dean Lombardi during his time in Los Angeles, and it certainly seems like Hexy is applying those lessons as he builds this Flyers team. [Sons of Penn]

*Tyrell Goulbourne got labeled as a goon early on with the Phantoms; what kind of future might he have with the Flyers? [Highland Park Hockey]

*Friedman's latest 30 Thoughts focuses on what teams might be doing to improve this offseason. [Sportsnet]

*Profiling potential Flyers draftee Alex Debrincat. [Pattison Ave]

*If you're looking for some in-person hockey stuff, the 2016 World Selects Invite is happening here in the Philly area. [SB Nation College Hockey]

*Previewing the Memorial Cup with a profile of Ivan Provorov and the Brandon Wheat Kings. [Sportsnet]

*The City of Tuscon, Arizona is getting an AHL franchise and they need a name for it. This should be good. [The Hockey News]

*The NHL has tried, and failed, the have the concussion lawsuit against it dismissed. [ProHockeyTalk]

*DGB on NHL superstars who had to wait longer than Alexander Ovechkin to get their Stanley Cup. [The Hockey News]

*South Korea is poaching Canadians for the 2018 Olympics which seems like cheating, to be honest. [The Globe and Mail]

*Scottie Upshall on his hometown, Fort McMurray, Alberta. [The Players' Tribune]

*If you're into playoff beards oh man is it a good year for you. [Puck Daddy]

*And finally, lest you forget it, Wayne Simmonds fucking rules. [BSH]