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Wednesday Morning Fly By: There are Flyers skating on ice in Voorhees!

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

Calgary Flames v Philadelphia Flyers
It could’ve been you, Team Canada.
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* Claude Giroux wasn’t in the lineup for last night’s final exhibition match for Team Canada prior to the World Cup, but Ron Hextall says he’s fine: [CSN Philly]

* Claude almost ended up getting some friendly company on Team Canada: Tyler Seguin is reportedly out for the World Cup, and none other than Wayne Simmonds was reportedly among those being considered for his replacement... [Today’s Slapshot]

* ...but Team Canada went with Ryan O’Reilly instead. Sad! [NHL]

* Here’s an (extremely lengthy) oral history of the 1996 World Cup of Hockey, won of course by the U. S. of A. Not nearly enough mention of John LeClair in here though. [ESPN]

* And here, 20 years later, is why Team USA will beat Team Canada this year, I guess? [ESPN]

* Anywho, the non-World Cup Flyers are just about all back in Voorhees well in advance of training camp: [Philly.com]

* While there, Hextall talked a bit about his goalies: [Courier-Post]

* With said training camp coming up, your near-yearly reminder of how “one-way” and “two-way” contracts actually work: [Highland Park Hockey]

* If there was any doubt left, “Knights” is almost certainly going to be in the Las Vegas team’s name in some way: [Puck Daddy]

* If you’re already looking forward to the 2017 draft, Craig Button released his first draft rankings of the season, led by Brandon Wheat Kings center Nolan Patrick: [TSN]

* Finally, for the nerds, a brief recap of last week’s hockey analytics conference in Rochester: [TSN]