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Friday Morning Fly By: R.J., it's been real. Please take a pocket schedule on your way out.

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

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*It  took a whole day to become official, but the Flyers have decided to throw a whole big pile of cash at R.J. Umberger to make him go away. [BSH]

*And will Umby out of the way, Ron Hextall will be looking to add a top-six forward to the lineup. HmmmmStamkoshmm... [Sons of Penn]

*Melter has some quick thoughts on Hexy and the draft. [Hockeybuzz]

*Now that we know expansion is happening, it's time to think real real hard about what the Flyers are going to do to ensure they come out of this thing with the best team possible. [BSH]


*The ratings for the playoffs this season were not great. Why might that be? [Puck Daddy]

*And now for a bit of offseason fun, it's DGB's alternate NHL awards! [The Guardian]

*The Conn Smythe ballots have been revealed and it turns out Phil was super close to winning that thing. [TSN]

*DGB also brings us some storylines from this past season that could pop back up over the summer. [Sportsnet]

*Much like America, we need to Make Hockey Great Again™. Here are some ways. [TSN]

*Here's some light stats-related reading for your Friday morning. [Winging It In Motown]

*And finally, some local cops had some fun at the Penguins' expense. [Sons of Penn]