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

NHL: NHL All Star Game
He scored here, obviously.
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* SO LET’S TALK ABOUT NHL ALL-STAR GAME MVP WAYNE SIMMONDS. First, a recap of Sunday’s game: [BSH]

* Simmonds talks more about what it meant to him to be as warmly received as he was in the city that traded him six years ago: [NHL.com]

* Here’s a recap of the Skills Competition on Saturday, featuring a scoring system that I still don’t understand at all: [BSH]

* And, a look back at the best Flyers All-Star weekend showings in team history. This was written before Sunday’s game, of course — where would YOU put Wayne’s performance from yesterday? [BSH]

* Most importantly, here’s that picture of Chris Pronger smashing Justin Bieber into the boards in Saturday’s celebrity game that you either haven’t seen yet or have gone back to look at a few dozen times already: [BSH]

* Some other things that happened this All-Star weekend! Connor McDavid just missed breaking Dylan Larkin’s fastest skater record, but it’s kind of bogus because Larkin got a running start last year and McDavid didn’t: [Puck Daddy]

* Here’s an in-person fan recap from the weekend, featuring a very realistic mannequin of Sidney Crosby: [PPP]

* Wayne Gretzky, the second-best hockey player of all time who happens to go by the given name of “Wayne”, talked about his emergency coaching stint behind the bench of the winning team: [NHL.com]

* Looking at the respect that some of the young stars in the NHL picked up over the weekend: [Sportsnet]

* Some reactions to the NHL100 list, which was arguably a bit light on current players: [TSN]

* Shifting gears for a moment — but only slightly! — here’s a recap of the AHL skills competition from last night: [Highland Park Hockey]

* In other news, here are some observations from last week’s Flyers game. Oh, right, real NHL games! Those are a thing! [CSN Philly]

* DGB’s pre-All Star Grab Bag, featuring the rarest of phrases: “the NHL actually got something right”. [VICE]

* Finally, remember a few years ago when the Flyers weren’t very good but still had like eleventy billion bad contracts on their roster and were also kind of old and had no prospects and looked like they had a pretty grim future ahead of them? (Thanks, Ron!) Turns out that’s the Detroit Red Wings right now. Bummer. For them, I mean. We’ll take it. [TSN]