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Thursday Morning Fly By: Wayne Simmonds days

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

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*So Ron Hextall wants to make sure it is super super clear that it isn't a lock for Nolan Patrick to make this team out of training camp. Which is absurd, of course he is making this team out of training camp. [Inquirer]

*A couple of other guys who'd like to make the team right out of camp are Phil Myers and Oskar Lindblom. They're a bit of a longer shot than Patrick but it'd be really cool if they made it. [CSN Philly]

*Dave Isaac sat down with Ron to talk about what he sees happening with this team as we head towards preseason. [Courier-Post]

*And our #1 player under 25 answered some questions for the NHLPA. [NHLPA]

*Lots of Eric Lindros talk this week for obvious reasons, but even the Avs fans are getting in on the deal by looking back at how drafting Lindros changed their organization. [Mile High Hockey]

*And then the Blackhawks fans took the opportunity to use Lindros' tumultuous entry into the league to explore their NHL Alternate History. [Puck Daddy]

*And what if Scott Stevens had never been a Devil? That might've changed something for us, folks! [Puck Daddy]

*DGB on five rules to keep in mind as the waves of preseason predictions starts to come at us. [The Hockey News]

*This list of five teams who might be in danger of missing the playoffs this season is...interesting. [USA Today]

*And finally, the offseason is for meaningless lists and rankings, so here are the best active players by jersey number. For funsies. [Yahoo Sports]