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Wednesday Morning Fly By: New year, same Flyers

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

NHL: DEC 31 Flyers at Hurricanes Photo by Greg Thompson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

*So while we were all having a nice little holiday break, the Flyers played a couple of hockey games and the first one was ah... not great. Full stop. Including proof that Carter Hart is human, which frankly we didn’t really need. Here’s what we learned. [BSH]

*And then there was the Nashville game.

*Heading into 2019 with a whimper, should Chaz be looking to sell at this point? [BSH]

*Did everyone enjoy the Winter Classic yesterday afternoon? It ended up being a pretty good hockey game, which was nice. During the broadcast we learned about what we can expect from next year’s festivities. In Dallas. [ProHockeyTalk]

*We also learned that the Heritage Classic is heading to the prairies to be played at the Saskatchewan Roughriders’ stadium in Regina. That’ll be fun, those people are nuts up there. [NHL.com]

*So remember that whole little cocaine drug ring speed bump (lol) Jori Lehtera ran into earlier in the season? He’s not out of the woods yet. [NBC Sports Philly]

*To wrap up the 2018 prospect reports we’ve got a run down of how the kids are done, by position. First up, the forwards... [BSH]

*... and then we’ve got the guys on the back end. [BSH]

*This deep-dive into what kind of success is found when coaches deploy their challenge is a pretty interesting read. Doesn’t seem like a very effective tool! [Winging It In Motown]

*If you know an Oilers fan, maybe give them a hug. They’re Brandon Manning fans now. [The Copper & Blue]

*We can’t turn the page on a calendar with out lists, and this one of the best 15 players in the league in 2018 features a familiar face. [ProHockeyTalk]

*Next, the top moments in the whole of the hockey world in the last year. [ESPN]

*And finally, because he was, without question, the best part of 2018 for any Flyers fan, here’s the best of Gritty’s first year. [NBC Sports Philly]