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Friday Morning Fly By: Well, we’re one week closer to hockey season

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

Philadelphia Flyers v New Jersey Devils - Game Four

*There’s quite a lot of Flyers Things to talk about heading into training camp. What would you call the Flyers’ biggest storyline? [NBC Sports Philly]

*Well one of those storylines will certainly be James van Riemsdyk, and the Flyers are hoping he brings a little extra spark to their offense. Which he almost certainly will. [Philly.com]

*Speaking of JvR, during his press conference on Wednesday, he had some nice things to say about his former team, where he became the player he is today. [Sportsnet]

*It’s JvR week around here, so here’s a piece from Meltzer in which JvR reflects on what lead him to where he is now. [Flyers]

*On what the Flyers’ back end might look like next season, if/when Robert Hagg is signed. [Courier-Post]

*Our ‘17-’18 player reviews roll on with our maybe-possibly-could-be third line center, Scott Laughton. [BSH]

*You may have noticed that Ivan Provorov isn’t the only very young defenseman being heavily relied on by his team these days. It’s a thing that’s happening league-wide. [TSN]

*The Metro Division: it’s really good! [ProHockeyTalk]

*Barry Trotz seems to really like to keep the same coaching staff around him, as he poaches another one of his former staff and brings him up to Long Island. [ProHockeyTalk]

*And finally, one of the biggest question marks heading into the upcoming season is whether or not the Vegas Golden Knights are the real deal or not. What say you? [ESPN]