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Tuesday Morning Fly By: One sleep ‘till the home opener

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

Stanley Cup Finals - Chicago Blackhawks v Philadelphia Flyers - Game Four Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

*After 18 seasons, goaltender Michael Leighton has retired. And while The Goal is what we may remember (or try to forget) the most from his time here, Leighton’s play in the Conference Final went a long way in getting the team to the Cup Final in the first place. [The Athletic]

*At the Wells Fargo center, you can now become Gritty. Well, sort of. I don’t know about you, but I would absolutely be down to do this. [NBC Sports Philly]

*Egor Zamula just continues to put up points. That and more in Jay’s first prospect update of the season. [BSH]

*In other prospect news, yesterday we learned that goaltender Felix Sandstrom will be joining fellow rookie goalie Kirill Ustimenko in Reading with the Royals. [BSH]

*The rival Pittsburgh Penguins will be without star forward Evgeni Malkin for, apparently, a long time. On his injury, and his timeline. [Pensburgh]

*Do you ever catch yourself looking at the list of players on waivers at the beginning of the season and thinking that there’s no way that so-and-so clears? But then, a day later, you learn that they did? A look at why that happens. [The Athletic]

*The return of Wayne Simmonds is on the horizon, and he seems to think that there’s an actual chance that he gets booed. I don’t know about that one, my dude. [Courier-Post]

*Finally, here are some bold predictions for the 2019-2020 NHL season. Among last season’s lottery teams, are the Flyers the most likely to get back into the postseason? [ESPN]