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Monday Morning Fly By: Hi haters, Ron Hextall did the thing

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

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*ICYMI (and are under a large rock and need help immediately), James van Riemsdyk is back with the Flyers, signing a five-year deal with the club that drafted him. [BSH]

*Brandon Manning will not be in a Flyers uniform next season, and that’s a pretty good thing for a variety of reasons. [BSH]

*And neither will Valtteri Filppula! That’s also huge news as logistically everyone feared that the plodding veteran would be back to drag down the third line once again. [BSH]

*GM Ron Hextall talked to the media for a little bit about JVR, free agency and some other tidbits, but nothing of much substance as usual. [BSH]

*Ryan McDonagh signed a big extension with the Lightning over the weekend, and the Flyers have a certain standout defenseman looking for a new deal soon enough as well. Kurt takes a look at what Ivan Provorov’s next contract could look like. [BSH]

*Charlie O’Connor dives into how JVR fits into the Flyers plans 11 years after drafting him No. 2 overall and why his signing is an important step in Hextall’s timeline for contention. [The Athletic]

*ESPN’s Greg Wyshynski and Emily Kaplan drop their winners and losers from Day one of free agency, though the Flyers didn’t factor as either winners or losers in their eyes. [ESPN]

*Dave Isaac pens that with JVR now in the fold, the Flyers will look to fill the rest of their roster holes from within the organization. There’s also a funny printer gaffe from JVR in there as well. [Courier-Post]

*Yeah the Flyers got JVR, but so what? Is adding a high-production scoring winger enough for Hextall in free agency? [NBCSP]

*Even if JVR is the Flyers’ only big move in free agency, you can’t argue that the fit is very good for both the player and the club at this point in time. [NBCSP]

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