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Thursday Morning Fly By: OK, so maybe it’s time to get excited about the World Cup

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

Hockey: World Cup of Hockey-Pre Tournament-Team Czech Republic vs Team North America Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
  • Shayne Gostisbehere scored a goal last night. Chances are it will make you smile. [BSH]
  • Michal Neuvirth looks like he will be the starting goaltender for the Czechs. [Puck Daddy]
  • It looks like the Flyers will be getting new banners in the Wells Fargo Center rafters for the 50th anniversary season. [Facebook]
  • Andrew MacDonald knows he’s not all that safe on the Flyers roster. [Inquirer]
  • Michael Del Zotto says he’s ready to go after he missed the end of last season with a wrist injury that required surgery. [Courier Post]
  • Claude Giroux has been banged around a little bit in these World Cup exhibition games, but Ron Hextall isn’t concerned and says that G is fine. [CSN]
  • Wayne Simmonds isn’t on Team Canada but he was a possible option to replace Tyler Seguin, who was named to the team but won’t play in the tournament with a minor injury. [Sons of Penn]
  • A simulation of the World Cup in NHL 17. [Eyes On The Prize]
  • Reviewing the first NHL Network original documentary, which covered Team USA’s win at the 1996 World Cup. [Lighthouse Hockey]