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Thursday Morning Fly By: What if hockey is bad?

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

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*Drafting forward Kieffer Bellows could solve one of the Flyers' biggest problems: scoring goals. It's key to winning games, you see. [Sons of Penn]

*Another potential draftee is Flyers' legacy Max Jones. [Pattison Ave]

*Part two of the in-depth look at the Flyers' current defense situation. We saw part one yesterday; read the links you animals. [CSN Philly]

*Doc Emrick has seen a lot of good hockey stuff in his day, but even to him Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau are something special. [NHL.com]

*In what can be described as total madness, the nerds over at FiveThirtyEight have given the edge to the Pens in the Final. Pfft. Numbers. [FiveThirtyEight]

*Speaking of total madness: Brent Burns. [Puck Daddy]

*Friedman's latest 30 Thoughts focuses on the upcoming draft. [Sportsnet]

*Evidently the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim are seriously considering former coach and person-confused-by-toaster Randy Carlyle as a replacement for Bruce Boudreau. Which, quite frankly, is hilarious. In case you forgot that the NHL is a ridiculously insular old boys club. [Puck Daddy]

*This is the time of year that the NHL gets the national network stage and might pick up some new fans; DGB is here with a helpful guide to being a hockey fan. [The Guardian]

*And finally, Hockey Night In Canada broadcasts in Punjabi, which is pretty cool, and it got a little bit cooler with a recent - rather robust - goal call. [Puck Daddy]