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

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Pittsburgh Penguins at Philadelphia Flyers Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

*Travis Konecny really took his game up a notch this season, huh? [NBC Sports Philly]

*On Wayne Simmonds, and the decision looming for the Flyers this offseason. [Hockeybuzz]

*One thing the Flyers may consider doing is trading Simmonds to try and improve the team’s speed. That’s just one way they can do it, but they should really think about doing it. [BSH]

*So does anyone actually care that Dave Hakstol doesn’t yell a lot on the bench? This feels like a very forced narrative. [Philly.com]

*Carter Hart continues to be extremely impressive and make us all extremely excited about him being a Flyer. [BSH]

*Add The Germ to the list of Flyers prospects making a run at the title in his respective league. German Rubtsov and his Acadie-Bathurst Titan hope to win the title in the QMJHL and then head off to Saskatchewan for the Memorial Cup. [Flyers]

*Speaking of prospects in the ‘yoffs, the Phantoms kick off their second round tonight against the Charlotte Checkers. [BSH]

*These playoffs are being dominated by offense, not defense. [AP]

*There’s a lot of information coming out about concussions, the teams’ responses to them, how seriously the league takes them, etc. in the last months. Most of it is disconcerting to say the least. Really, though, why wouldn’t the league just ban them entirely? [Vice Sports]

*And finally, as all of Canada hangs their hopes and dreams on the Winnipeg Jets, DGB takes a look back at other Canadian teams that should’ve, but didn’t, make it all the way. [Sportsnet]