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Friday Morning Fly By: Welcome to Summer

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

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*We’ve reached the dark days, friends. No hockey. Only the burning heat of the sun that will eventually consume us all. Anyhoo, the St. Louis Blues quite literally went from worst to first, and it may be relevant to our interests to see just how they did that. [ESPN]

*And since I’m writing this, would all of you get a load of what a gem Ryan O’Reilly is? From the effusive apologizing for saying a bad word on TV to the big hug for his parents, it’s really hard not to like this guy. [Sportsnet]

*AND HE’S GOING TO TAKE THE CUP TO HIS MOM MOM. Okay I’m done I swear. [ProHockeyTalk]

*Okay, the Flyers. Let’s talk about Chuck Fletcher’s draft history. [BSH]

*So... if Kevin Hayes doesn’t sign here, let’s say because Kevin Hayes is thinking about nothing but the money (which is fine!!!) and so he takes whatever offer is the most. And let’s say that is Columbus, who will have lots of room to work with since two of their best players are leaving. The Flyers’ offer, while good, isn’t the most, because the Flyers have a lot to consider cap-wise at the moment. THIS DOESN’T MEAN THAT THE FLYERS SUCK. This narrative is infuriating. [NBC Sports Philly]

*The Flyers must say goodbye to #69 in your guides, #... maybe like 163 in your hearts, goalie Matej Tomek. [BSH]

*We continue to profile the draft kids, and next up is a guy who, if he fell to 11 (he will not), we’d LOVE the Flyers to take: Cole Caufield. [BSH]

*The folks out in Vegas aren’t very confident that the Flyers will win the Cup next season, so if you are, it’s a good time to place your bets. [NBC Sports Philly]

*It’s always fun to get a peek behind the curtain, and this one reveals that this year’s Conn Smythe battle wasn’t even close. [The Hockey News]

*And finally... our draft party is only one week away! Come hang with us and a bunch of Flyers fans. There will be raffles and specials and probably a lot of yelling. You’ll have fun. [BSH]

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