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

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*We are getting so close to hockey. Remember John Sim? The original Simmer. Good times. Anyhoo...

*We complain about Dave Hakstol a lot - and with good reason, really - but it hasn’t been all bad with the head coach for the last three years. Let’s break it all down. [BSH]

*Our pal Charles on the state of the Flyers’ union, which, heading into this season, looks pretty dang strong. [The Athletic]

*The Winnipeg Jets have signed Blake Wheeler to an extension and we have another contract on the books that sets a benchmark for Wayne Simmonds. [The Hockey News]

*Ten players, coaches, GMs, and various and sundry other NHL staff that need to be better next season, including one of our own. [ProHockeyTalk]

*Stories from The Players’ Tribune will never be boring, and this one, from a minor league goaltender just trying to make it, is no different. [The Players’ Tribune]

*Remember that time Eric Lindros almost got traded but then didn’t and then he became a Flyer and we all had fun in the 90s as a result? [ProHockeyTalk]

*And finally, this is the second article I’ve seen this summer about pressure heading into next season that indicates that James van Riemsdyk is going to be the player feeling it the most in Philadelphia. I’m not sure I agree. What do you guys think? [ESPN]